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Republican congressional candidate Alexander "Sandy" Treadwell called on U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Greenport, to return a $6,000 campaign contribution from Lehman Brothers Holdings, an investment bank that failed in the recent financial industry crisis.

"The strong influence of special interests is both undeniable and dangerous," Treadwell said in a press release.

Gillibrand will not return the contribution, said Rachel McEneny, a spokeswoman for the Gillibrand campaign.

"I hope that Mr. Treadwell's campaign is aware that the congresswoman opposed the bailout for Wall Street not only once, but twice," McEneny said, referring to Gillibrand's votes against legislation enacted last week.

- Maury Thompson

Group: McGaughey ad 'misleading'

Republican Assembly candidate Tony Jordan called Wednesday on his Democratic rival Ian McGaughey to pull a radio advertisement after the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County labeled the spot "misleading."

Jordan filed a complaint last week that a campaign ad claimed McGaughey cut taxes in the Saratoga County town of Wilton.

Wilton hasn't had a townwide property tax since 1982.

Jordan, a Jackson lawyer, said McGaughey should be honest in his ads.

"We're pleased they (the League of Women Voters) agreed with us," Jordan said. "I think it's incumbent upon all of us to control the information we disseminate. I think he's been advised on numerous occasions that this is misleading and he should do the right thing and pull the ads."

Later Wednesday, McGaughey responded to the ruling in an e-mail to reporters.

"I flatly disagree with the ruling, and I am proud that I have been a part of the bipartisan team that has ensured that year after year town of Wilton residents pay no town property tax," McGaughey wrote.

"Our actions have saved homeowners thousands of dollars over the years."

He also used the opportunity to blast Jordan.

"Tony Jordan's continued political bickering and negative campaign won't create one job, help one senior heat their home this winter or help a family pay their property taxes," McGaughey wrote.

- Nick Reisman

Gillibrand endorses Villa White

U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Greenport, endorsed the candidacy of Glens Falls Democratic mayoral candidate Judy Villa White on Wednesday.

"After the devastating loss of Mayor (Roy) Akins, I support Judy Villa White to lead Glens Falls and fulfill the vision that Mayor Akins had for the community," Gillibrand said in a press release.

Villa White, the 2nd Ward councilwoman, is running on the Democratic line in the Nov. 4 election for the final year in the four-year term of Akins, who died Aug. 10.

Councilman-at-Large John "Jack" Diamond, a registered Democrat, is running on the Conservative and an independent line.

Other candidates are political activist William Berg, independent; and 3rd Ward Supervisor Harold "Bud" Taylor, Republican and Independence.

- Maury Thompson

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