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Pataki endorses Catalfamo, his former employee, in state Assembly race

Mark Mulholland
Updated: August 14, 2020 07:00 PM
Created: August 14, 2020 06:03 PM

EASTON -  Former New York Gov. George Pataki got a tour of the Allenwaite Farm Friday afternoon.

He was there to endorse his former communications director and vice president of economic development, Dave Catalfamo, in the race to unseat incumbent Carrie Woerner and represent parts of Saratoga and Washington counties in the state Assembly.

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"He knows this district and I think he will be a breath of fresh air in Albany," Pataki said.

Catalfamo, a Republican, says his experience in the Pataki administration, especially rebuilding New York City post-9/11 makes him the better person to represent the area following the pandemic, and accuses his opponent of not standing up to current Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"Carrie and the rest of the legislature has given the governor a free pass, and he might as well be a monarch right now," Catalfamo said.

Woerner, who touts her experience, her problem-solving skills, and being an advocate for farms and small business, wasn't impressed by Pataki's endorsement.

"He's getting a reference from a former employer, and you know for good for him," she said.

The former governor didn't care for Woerner's characterization.

"That's the type of insulting politics that has no place in a democracy," Pataki said. "You can disagree on principle and believe me I disagreed with a lot of people in Albany on principle, but I never denigrated an opponent personally. I never made comments like that, that are inappropriate."

Enrolled Republicans outnumber enrolled Democrats by roughly 6,000 voters in 113th District.

Election Day is Nov. 3.


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