County republicans host annual dinner

Several state, local representatives in attendance at 58th annual Lincoln Day dinner

Winner of the Hough Memorial Award, Michael Rose, second from right, surrounded by family starting from the left, Brittany Richards, Chris Rose, Suzanne Rose, Michael Rose and Matthew Rose. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Republican Club held its 58th annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn Monday with strong motivational speeches given.

The major theme of the night was Sen. John DeFrancisco’s race for New York State Governor and the importance of getting a republican for governor and the differences it will make for New York State.

Leading the discussion was Assemblyman Marc Butler, who is not running for reelection next year. He spoke about endorsing DeFrancisco’s race for governor and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s rumored run for president pushing him far to the left.

“We republicans in the Assembly and the Senate in New York State have to stand up to that because that’s not where we’re at here in Fulton County and in my district,” Butler said. “It’s my final year and it’s going to be an interesting year.”

Sen. James Tedisco discussed Cuomo, the high taxes in New York State, and the tax bill. “Ladies and gentleman the tax bill won’t go into effect for a whole other year,” Tedisco said. “We’re not the third highest tax state in the nation because of what the federal government did.”

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik speaks at the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn on Monday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

He continued to discuss taxes saying the senate is doing everything it can in their conference to medicate what has been done on the federal level. “The only reason we have to do that is because of the position Andrew Cuomo has put us in,” Tedisco said. He said because of the bill he and the senator passed, people will be able to get tax breaks.

“The first thing we have to do is elect a republican governor in New York State,” Tedisco said.

DeFrancisco spoke about his race for governor and how he believes he can win.

He said just about every Senator, including Tedisco, sent out a letter endorsing his candidacy. “They’re going to be behind me and you have no idea how important it is.”

He said he has been in the race for a week and a half; he announced last Tuesday. “During that time Cuomo’s numbers went down 10 percent.” He said part of the reason is because of the Corruption Trials.

Senator James Tedisco speaks at the Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday at the Holiday Inn. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

“The time is right to actually win this year,” DeFrancisco said. “I will not back down to Andrew Cuomo.”

Keynote speaker and the youngest elected congresswomen, Elise Stefanik, spoke on this year’s elections. She said their petitions start in a couple of weeks. “I want to thank you in advance, I know how tough it is to go out there early for the federal petition,” Stefanik said.

She continued to speak about 2016 elections and what’s to come for this year’s elections.

In 2016, a republican president was elected, voting for republicans across the board for state senate and voting for republicans in congress. “It’s such a positive experience working with President Trump versus some of the challenges we had working with President Obama,” Stefanik said.

“We’re seeing the economy grow, but what that issue really highlighted for me is how much at a disadvantage we are in New York State when it comes to competitiveness. The fact that we have the highest state income taxes in the country, some of the highest property taxes in the country, that is unacceptable and that is the number one reason why we need to elect a republican governor,” Stefanik said.

Stefanik said the reason why this year is the most important federal election is, “it is the election that we have to defy history.”

Also at the Lincoln Day Dinner, former Fulton County chairman and former Gloversville councilman, Michael Rose was named this year’s winner of the Hough Memorial Award.