Three Republican state Senators have issued a joint statement regarding the use of their likenesses in a campaign mailer from 22nd Congressional District candidate Martin Babinec.

Senators Joseph Griffo, James Seward and Fred Akshar have issued the following statement:

It is unfortunate and disheartening that a misleading mailer using our likeness has been circulating in our communities concerning the NY-22nd Congressional race.

We want to emphasize that we had no prior knowledge of this piece, and gave no prior consent or approval to use our names or images in such material. The first we learned about this mailer was from our constituents and the news media, and we want to disavow this kind of campaign tactic and method.

We have not been actively involved with any candidate or campaign in this race, including Mr. Babinec. Our focus remains on races in the New York State Senate, and we are committed to maintaining the political and geographic balance of power in our state. While we cannot prevent a candidate from calling attention to a certain ballot line, we can ask that they do not misrepresent reality.


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