Testimonials

Mike Monescalchi is one of the best I have encountered as a campaign strategist. He brings creativity to a campaign which is most beneficial in the production of direct mail pieces. His experience as a political writer and operative, combined with his experience as a county Commissioner of Elections, provides unique insights into campaigns at all levels. With Mike's assistance in 2009, we swept out all Republican county legislators in Troy which included the Legislature Chair and Majority Leader as well as a 30-year incumbent. Mike's award-winning mail piece, 'The Greedy Bunch,' was critical to our success.

Thomas W. Wade, Rensselaer County Democratic Chairman

I have known Mike Monescalchi for more than 25 years as a trusted colleague and friend. Mike professionalized the office of the Albany County Board of Elections while working as commissioner, then opened a campaign consulting business called Blue State Strategies. Mike knows how to run political campaigns and has a sharp eye for detail. He creates some of the most innovative campaign literature in the Capital Region, and all of Mike’s products are printed by a union shop. The thing about Mike is he brings 100 percent to the table and he’s the kind of leader and professional you can trust.

Frank J. Commisso Sr., Democratic Majority Leader, Albany County Legislature

Thanks to Blue State Strategies and Mike Mono for sharing his expertise, talent, and wisdom. Mike's professional, polished mailers and palm cards put the GOP on notice as soon as our lit hit the street.

Linda Underwood, Chair, Schodack Democratic Committee

The first call I made when I decided to run for Albany County Clerk was to Mike Monescalchi of Blue State Strategies. In addition to producing high-quality direct mail and printed pieces, Mike served as lead strategist for my campaign. His professional skills, leadership qualities, and strong work ethic were the driving force behind our team's victorious campaign.

Bruce Hidley, Albany County Clerk

Congrats! Since my race in 1992, you have proven to be one
of the best campaign strategists in the Albany area. You did a
great job for John McDonald in his State Assembly campaign.
Keep up the great work.

Hon. Lucille M. McKnight, Albany County Legislator

As I was thinking of some inspiration for this speech, I decided to take a long walk through George and Alexander Street Parks, which are located in the heart of the Third Ward. While walking through the parks ... I thought about my campaign strategist Mike Monescalchi of Blue State Strategies who likes to work behind the scenes, but I must say publicly that I am truly appreciative and thankful for all of your efforts during this campaign; you're truly a master of your craft.

Swearing-in Speech by Bill Ricard, Member of Cohoes Common Council, 3rd Ward
(August 12, 2014)

I received the mailer ... Brilliant and accurate, as well as awesome! Congratulations!!!

Cindy Doran, Rensselaer County Legislator

Whether it is a walk piece, mail piece, flyer, newsletter, or fundraising invitation, Mike Monescalchi is professional, timely, well organized, and delivers high-quality work. He has a wealth of knowledge about New York State campaigns and elections as well as the local political landscape. He offers so much more than his terrific message design and direct mail work, his keen insight and instincts are a bonus that helps with your overall campaign strategy, and keeps the candidate and campaign focused on delivering the message to the voter.

Ralph V. Signoracci, IV, Member of Cohoes Common Council, 6th Ward

Our campaign mailings were spectacular because of your effort. I have had a great response from voters and political gurus concerning the 'Promises Kept' piece.

Ken Runion, Supervisor, Town of Guilderland

I had the pleasure of working with Mike (Blue State Strategies) in 2000 when I ran for Mayor and defeated the incumbent party of 75 years!! Mike is professional, creative, and has an eye for the heart of the election. Mike no doubt hit a home run with his 'An Open House, Not a Clubhouse' mail piece that played a significant role in my victory -- and people still talk about the piece. I would use him again and again. He's the best.

John Bishop, Former Mayor, Village of Menands

Mike knows how to get your message across in a very creative, persuasive, timely, and most economic fashion. His experience definitely helped remove much of the stress from the planning and production phases of a campaign leaving me more time to actually be out campaigning.

Joe Igoe, Member of Albany Common Council

Working with Mike from Blue State Strategies proved to have made all the difference in my very close race in 2005. His ability to quickly create and produce high quality campaign materials helped deliver me to victory and the distinction of being the first Democrat to be elected in the 4th Legislative District in Rensselaer County history.

Flora Fasoldt, Former Rensselaer County Legislator

This morning I received several calls telling me how great my mailer looked. I wanted to let you know that even sandwiched in between two days' worth of mail, the mailer stood out and looked just great.

Denise Randall, Guilderland Town Justice