Hanna Accepts Independence Party Line

UTICA, N.Y. — It’s official: Congressman Richard Hanna is the Independence Party’s candidate for the general election in November.

Hanna filed paperwork to accept the Independence Party line, which he has obtained each year since he first ran for Congress. During the petition process, Hanna submitted nearly 1,750 signatures – more than 550 signatures more than the minimum 1,187 requirement.

The 22nd Congressional District includes all of Oneida, Madison, Cortland and Chenango counties, as well as part of Oswego, Herkimer, Broome and Tioga counties. The Independence Party previously endorsed Richard Hanna in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The Independence Party pursues “pro-business policies, fiscally sound government practices and a rational energy agenda that emphasizes independence and fosters economic prosperity for all.”

“It is a privilege to once again run on the Independence line,” Hanna said. “Since 2008, I have proudly been endorsed by the Independence Party, and I look forward to again being its candidate this November.”

Hanna Supports Bill to Curb EPA Overreach

A bill to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to revoke a permit after it was approved has moved forward in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Congressman Richard Hanna voted for the measure, that clarifies once a federal work permit is granted, a second federal agency can’t undo the approval.

Hanna says the bill addresses a disturbing precedent that was brought to light during an economic development project in West Virginia.

He says the bill is important to our area because we’ve seen the difficulties associated with obtaining a permit for the Marcy Nano site.

Click here to see the story at News Radio WIBX950.com. 
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Hanna Files More Than 5,000 Republican Signatures for Re-Election

UTICA, N.Y. — Congressman Richard Hanna on Monday filed more than 5,000 Republican signatures on his petitions for re-election to New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

Only those registered as members of the Republican Party are allowed to sign petitions. The 22nd Congressional District includes all of Chenango, Cortland, Madison and Oneida counties. It includes part of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego and Tioga counties.

Hundreds of Republican Committee members from each county in the district collected signatures on behalf of Hanna’s candidacy. Hanna is the endorsed candidate of the Republican Committees in: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida and Oswego counties.

“It is a privilege to run again for the 22nd Congressional District seat, and I am deeply grateful for the grassroots support of Republican committee members throughout the district,” Hanna said. “Our campaign submitted well over the minimum amount of signatures required to get on the ballot. I thank each Republican who signed our petitions and I appreciate the widespread support.”


- A minimum of 1,250 signatures is required to obtain the opportunity to ballot.

- Hanna submitted more than 5,000 signatures.

- Hundreds of Republican Committee members obtained signatures in support of Hanna’s candidacy. Only registered Republicans collected GOP signatures for Hanna.

- The first day to file signatures with the State Board of Elections was Monday, April 7.

- Hanna submitted signatures from Republican voters in all eight counties in New York’s 22nd District.

Hanna Votes to Save 40-Hour Work Week from Obamacare

Madison County Courier — U.S. Representative Richard Hanna this week voted in support of the Save American Workers Act to repeal the 30-hour full-time work week prescribed in Obamacare and restore the traditional 40-hour work week known and recognized throughout upstate New York.

Rep. Hanna, a small business owner for 30 years, is Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. He has heard from many small businesses and workers that oppose the new definition of full-time employment as 30 hours per week imposed by the health care law.

Under Obamacare’s employer mandate, businesses with more than 50 full-time or “full-time equivalent” employees must offer affordable health insurance to employees or pay a fine of $2,000 for each full-time employee per year, excluding the first 30 workers. Obamacare defined “full-time equivalent” employees as any employees who work at least 30 hours per week over the course of a month.

Click here to read the entire story in the Madison County Courier.


Hanna Endorsed by Business Group

The Daily Star — Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, has picked up the endorsement of the Associated Builders and Contractors in his quest to keep his seat representing New York’s 22nd Congressional District in Washington.

“Richard is a proven fighter for free enterprise and open competition and will remain an ,advocate for New York job creators,” Steve Tallman, president of TAG Mechanical Systems, Inc., in Syracuse said in a statement.

Hanna is locked in a Republican primary with Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford. The two are expected to face off in the June congressional primary.

Tenney has been endorsed by conservative Michael Vasquez of Binghamton, who was considering a run for the seat but had not filed nominating petitions.

Click here to read the story from the The Daily Star.

Oneida County GOP behind Hanna re-election

The following letter to the editor appeared in the Utica Observer-Dispatch:

As chairman of the Oneida County Republican Committee, I fully support Rep. Richard Hanna in his re-election effort for the 22nd Congressional District.

Hanna has done a lot for Oneida County, whether it was working to protect jobs at DFAS or personally confronting the head of the Army Corps to question why the Marcy nano permit was being delayed. He worked diligently – yet quietly behind the scenes – to propel Griffiss to be selected by the FAA as one of just six test sites nationwide.

Washington is broken, but residents in Oneida County can feel proud that their congressional office is not. Hanna has a great reputation in Washington and is respected as someone who gets things done.

That’s why the Oneida County Republican Committee unanimously endorsed him for re-election.

Hanna voted to repeal Obamacare and to support a balanced budget amendment. He’s single-handedly pushed back on new regulations that hurt the trucking industry. Hanna gets it because he’s a businessman, not a politician. Like most of us, Hanna knows what it’s like to put in a hard day’s work, wake up tomorrow and do it again.

Our committee is behind Richard Hanna and I hope he has your support, too.

Chairman, Oneida County Republican Committee

Click here to read the letter at UticaOD.com.

Hanna Defends Second Amendment Rights

By Rep. Richard Hanna
Oneida Daily Dispatch
Guest Column

The Constitution clearly, explicitly and unequivocally protects our right to bear arms. Disturbingly, that once sacred right is under attack by powerful gun control backers in Albany and Washington.

This past year was devastating for the Second Amendment in New York with the passage and signing of the NY SAFE Act in 2013. The SAFE Act is a deeply flawed law, hastily rushed through the Legislature with little more than token resistance. It unduly infringes upon the rights of responsible Upstate gun owners. I oppose the SAFE Act and am committed to partnering with like-minded legislators to repeal this law, which symbolizes so much of what is wrong the political system in our state.

Instead of attacking constitutional freedoms, government should focus on the root causes of senseless gun violence, such as mental illness.

I am committed to a responsible approach that promotes mental illness awareness and treatment and encourages proper firearm safety.

For example, I support a bill that would help law enforcement agencies recognize, treat, and respond to individuals with mental health issues.

I also support legislation that increases the number of public target ranges, which provide a safe and enjoyable opportunity for adults and young people to learn and practice firearm safety.

Read the entire piece at The Oneida Daily Dispatch.

Hanna, Gov. Ridge Praise National Guard in Binghamton

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Congressman Richard Hanna was joined by former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge at the Binghamton Armory to discuss the importance of the New York National Guard and the potential of an expanding role for it.

“Homeland Security is exactly what it sounds like, protecting our homeland from harm,” said Ridge, “and that’s exactly what our local first responders do as well.”

Ridge said the men and women of the National Guard are uniquely positioned as a domestic fighting unit to tackle the issue.

Most recently, Hanna worked to include language in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, which was signed into law last December. It will include a mandatory evaluation of cyber operations by the department of defense as well as an evaluation of the National Guard’s ability to take part in those operations.

Click here to watch the entire report at WBNG.com. 

Richard Hanna best choice in 22nd District

The following Letter to the Editor written by New Hartford resident Gary D. Scalzo appeared in the Oneida Daily Dispatch:

I proudly write this endorsement letter for Richard Hanna who is running for re-election to the House of Representatives. Mr. Hanna is the best choice as he seeks reelection this year with his proven pro-business record supporting us, the people.

Mr. Hanna was a successful business owner for over 30 years, the leader we need in Washington to grow jobs and improve our economy. Recently, he received a strong endorsement from the United States Chamber of Commerce, saying that it is important to have leaders like Representative Hanna in today’s economy. I couldn’t agree more.

Richard Hanna is truly working for us, proving what hard work and dedication can bring to the table.

Please join me in supporting Richard Hanna for the United States Congress.

— Gary D. Scalzo, New Hartford

Click here to see the letter in the Oneida Daily Dispatch.

Hanna: Obamacare hurts volunteer fire departments

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Vestal Fire Department received support from Congressman Richard Hanna who said the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is hurting volunteer departments.

Under Obamacare, employers with fifty or more employees are obligated to provide health insurance or pay penalties. That includes volunteer departments like Vestal and other emergency response teams.

95-percent of fire companies in New York State depend on volunteers.

Congressman Hanna calls this portion of Obamacare yet another piece to a puzzle that’s not working.

Click here to watch the full story at WBNG TV.


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