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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:59 am

Nate Shinagawa, the Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Reed in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, credits the relationships he built during his campaign for is primary win on Tuesday.

“We won ... because we took our campaign to every county in this district,” he says. “We spoke from the heart about the issues. We listened. We learned. We offered solutions and we accepted new ideas from residents of this district. We spent time in backyards, front porches and in living rooms in places like Jamestown, Elmira and Olean.”

Mr. Shinagawa, a Tompkins County legislator, says his two rivals for the nomination, Leslie Danks Burke and Melissa Dobson, “elevated the discussion.”

“Together, we showed this district why Democratic values like fairness and opportunity matter,” he says. “I look forward to working with them in the coming months in our common effort to change the direction of Congress.”

Looking ahead to his campaign against Rep. Reed, R-Corning, Mr. Shinagawa says, “My Republican opponent ... and the Tea Party leadership in Congress think that the job creators in this country are billionaires and large, multinational corporations. They give them more tax cuts and more subsidies while the rest of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes struggles.

“I believe that the job creators in this country are everyday Americans. They are our teachers, nurses, firefighters, construction workers who work hard every day. They are our small businesses and our entrepreneurs. They are our farmers, our students and our senior citizens.  

“This campaign is about getting Congress to prioritize, once again, making the American dream reality for people. It’s about uplifting and empowering the working and middle class of this country.  

“It’s about being brave and fighting for a government that provides for its senior citizens, creates opportunities for its young people, and protects the pristine lands and waters of this great country.”

THE CHAIRMAN OF of the New York Republican Party called on the GOP to rally behind Wendy Long, the nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, this fall.

“(Ms. Long) is well prepared to defeat Sen. Gillibrand this November — giving New Yorkers a real choice,” Mr. Cox says a day after Ms. Long won a three-way GOP primary that included U.S. Rep. Bob Turner and George Maragos, the Naussau County comptroller.

“Kirsten Gillibrand’s transformation from ‘Calamity Jane,’ a conservative upstate Democrat to ‘Jane Fonda,’ the ‘most liberal Senator in America,’ highlights her incessant flip-flops on key issues and her inability to represent the interests of all New Yorkers.

“In contrast, (Ms. Long) will stand by her individual approach and steadfast convictions in order to address the serious problems we face as a state and a nation,” Mr. Cox continues. “(She) will stand for pro-growth economic policies while advocating for less government spending, lower taxes and bringing jobs back to New York. Voters in New York and across the nation are looking to Republicans to fix the failed economic policies of (President) Barack Obama and (Sen.) Gillibrand.”

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo kicks off New York State’s farmers’ market season by encouraging New Yorkers to take advantage of the many projects and markets supported through the FreshConnect Program across the state.

To assist New Yorkers in locating a FreshConnect market, the governor announces the launch of http://freshconnect.ny.gov, a new website that allows New Yorkers to learn more about FreshConnect projects in their area.

The FreshConnect program includes farmers’ markets, youth markets, Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs), and food distribution systems, all of which are designed to increase access to New York farm products in low-income and underserved areas and ensure New Yorkers in communities across the state can purchase healthy produce from New York farms.

“The warm weather has brought on an abundance of farm fresh produce, allowing our farmers to provide healthy food to New Yorkers in all corners of the state,” Gov. Cuomo says. “This year, we have already doubled the number of projects supported by the FreshConnect program, and now more New Yorkers than ever can access a local market, helping support our state’s farmers while putting fresh, healthy food on the table.”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine says, “Most farmers’ markets are now open for the season, CSA memberships are flourishing, donation programs have commenced and people who would not otherwise have a means to enjoy New York’s great agricultural bounty are finding it easier to do so — thanks to the Governor’s FreshConnect program. We are pleased to provide assistance — both financial and technical — and look forward to a bountiful season.”

Gov. Cuomo awarded grants this spring to support creative, local solutions around the state to improve access to fresh, locally produced food by low-income or underserved communities. As a result, 34 projects at over 50 locations statewide will provide improved access to New York farm products. A variety of supported programs — including subsidized CSA farm shares, increased ability to use Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at farmers markets, free transportation to markets, and new local food donation programs — all make New York farm products more accessible to all New Yorkers.

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