On the campaign trail: Buerkle earns 'F' in first-ever IPS Inequality Report Card

Buerkle wasn’t the only New York politician noted in the report. Rep. Bill Owens, a Democrat, received a C+, earning him the distinction as one of the 11 House Democrats to do the least to narrow the wealth gap over the last two years.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand earned an A for her votes, and Charles Schumer received a C+.

Overall, averaging together all of New York’s Congressional representatives, the state earned a GPA of 2.6, or a B-, on the report card.

To view the report card, visit ips-dc.org/reports/inequality-report-card.

Maffei endorsed by Credit Union Association

Democrat Dan Maffei has earned the endorsement of the Credit Union Association of New York. The organization based its backing of Maffei on meetings with candidates, feedback from credit unions in the candidates' districts and the candidates' legislative records.

“Credit unions are such important financial institutions within our communities. The members and the people who work at credit unions know and understand the needs of our local communities,” Maffei said in a release. “As a member of a credit union, I am honored to be endorsed by the Credit Union Association of New York and Central New Yorkers who provide such a valuable service to our local communities.”

Among the reasons cited for his endorsement were Maffei’s participation on the Financial Services Committee, his sponsorship of a bill to carve out credit unions from contributing to the “too big to fail’ fund required under the Dodd-Frank Act and his focus on bringing jobs to his area through investments in its infrastructure.

The Credit Union Association of New York has served as the trade association for the state's credit unions for 95 years. To learn more about the association, visit cuany.org.

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