The former chief of staff for Assemblyman Addie Russell and the manager of Sheriff O'Neill's successful 2014 bid has opened his own consulting and lobbying business called Upstate Strategies.
Mark Pacilio is based out of Sackets Harbor and is pitching the lucrative NFP market.
"After a nearly 30 year career in the public and private sectors in Delaware and New York State, Mark Pacilio will use his vast experience to help devise strategies and solutions for nonprofits firms that need leadership in public relations and government affairs as well as fund development and board governance. His experience in local and state government further enhance his background.", reads his website.
As we recently saw with the City,there is an appetite for those claiming expertise and access to Albany based funding sources.
Speaking of Albany.
The River District Assembly race on the GOP side may contain SLC tea party activist Joe Gilbert, who has been attending political functions, along with Russ Finley and John Byrne.
The real tussle is over the Conservative W/P, with everyone claiming a path to getting it. Seems Finley has the best ties to state chair Mike Long, who really issues the authorization. Locally, SLC appointed chair Hank Ford claims to have Long's ear, but he didn't in 2014 when his choice for Congress and Assembly didn't get the W/P.
Republican insiders have labeled Mr. Finley a spoiler from his 2014 Conservative bid in the race where Addie Russell edged Mr. Byrne.
Mr. Byrne is thought to be out of favor this time and likely doesn't have the same funding sources as last time or the professional campaign management as last time.
Legislator Phil Reed is the great white hope for Jefferson GOP brass, but given his career and family, I don't see taking months off to win a primary and a general.
Republicans close to the 2014 race say Ms. Russell is on her "A" game compared to her lackluster effort two years ago.
Efforts to hold a Trump rally in CNY are hitting a snag as RINO county exec Joanie Mahoney is said to be dead set against providing any venues like the War Memorial or OCC.....The Onondaga County GOP chair is a big Trump supporter though.