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Tkaczyk Tries To Grab Cuomo’s Women’s Party

Cecilia Tkaczyk

Former New York state Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk says she is leading an effort to take control of the Women’s Equality Party because she wants to make “sure women are running it.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo created the party during his re-election campaign last year. W.E.P. gained official party status when Cuomo received over 50,000 votes on that line. He signed organizational rules for the W.E.P. in July. Capital New York reports that on Friday, Tkaczyk — a Democrat from Duanesburg defeated for reelection last year — submitted competing rules that made her the party’s chair.

Rachel Gold, treasurer of the existing WEP, tells the website Tkaczyk's "backroom maneuver is the antithesis of a grassroots movement."

There is speculation Tkaczyk may use her leadership of the party to launch a third campaign against her Republican foe Senator George Amedore next year.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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