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Auburn mayoral candidate may sue city after winter arrest

Auburn mayoral candidate may sue city after winter arrest
An Auburn mayoral candidate may file a lawsuit against the Auburn Police Department, claiming he was unlawfully arrested and imprisoned. Brett Tracy II, 23, a candidate in Auburn's upcoming Republican mayoral primary race, has filed a notice of claim against the city, saying he was harassed and assaulted by Auburn police officers last winter in their response to a noise... more

Appellate court denies McDonald appeal in Seneca elections case

Appellate court denies McDonald appeal in Seneca elections case
The Fourth Department Appellate Division Court in Rochester has unanimously dismissed the appeal of a lower court ruling filed by Casey McDonald against the Seneca County Board of Elections. The four-judge panel heard oral arguments Thursday morning and considered written briefs before issuing its decision later in the day. McDonald, a Romulus resident, filed an order to show cause on... more

Incoming state GOP chair ‘excited’ about Cuomo’s plan to seek fourth term

Incoming state GOP chair ‘excited’ about Cuomo’s plan to seek fourth term
From his very first press conference as incoming state Republican party chair, current Erie County GOP Chair Nick Langworthy was very clear about his lofty goal. When the next gubernatorial election comes around, it will have been two decades since the GOP has elected its candidate to the executive’s office. Langworthy is determined to end that streak. This week, Langworthy... more

Candidates for Canandaigua city offices campaign

Candidates for Canandaigua city offices campaign
Races for city of Canandaigua offices are shaping up. On Saturday morning, the city and town of Canandaigua Democratic committees are hosting their annual pancake breakfast at the Canandaigua Yacht Club, 3524 West Lake Road. The breakfast, which is scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., will include presentations by the party’s candidates. Mayor Ellen Polimeni tops the city slate. At-large... more

Cuomo says he’s seeking a fourth term

Cuomo says he’s seeking a fourth term
Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed he is planing to run for a fourth term — surpassing his father’s time in office if successful. “I plan to run for a fourth term,” Cuomo said in an interview on WAMC amid extended prodding from Alan Chartock. Cuomo, first elected in 2010, is the nation’s longest-serving governor. “I believe I’m doing good things,” he... more

Wayne Central voters send strong message as investigation concludes

Wayne Central voters send strong message as investigation concludes
With the hearings on the removal of two School Board members completed two weeks ago, the Board of Education at Wayne Central School District awaits an outcome. The Board made the following statement at the conclusion of the proceedings. “As of today, the proceedings relative to the possible removal of two Board of Education Members have concluded. The process the... more

2020 the US Presidential Elections

2020 the US Presidential Elections
What the American president should be? In the last decade, many events have taken place in the US presidential election that was previously considered incredible. Just remember what happened in 2008. For the first time in history, African-American Barack Obama took over the country’s top post. The following elections the Mormon Mitt Romney was nominated from the Republican Party, and... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing Geneva City Council Ward 6, Veto Power Proposal, and Decline in Local Enrollment (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing Geneva City Council Ward 6, Veto Power Proposal, and Decline in Local Enrollment
This week on The Debrief Podcast – Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso debate the future of rural school districts, as a FingerLakes1.com exclusive shows significant declines in student enrollment across the Finger Lakes. The duo also discusses the latest from Geneva City Council’s Tuesday session to find a Ward 6 Councilor; and the future of a veto power law, which... more

Geneva City Council taps Edith Wormley for 6th Ward seat

Geneva City Council taps Edith Wormley for 6th Ward seat
City Council deadlocked last week on mostly political lines to fill the vacant Sixth Ward seat held by the late John Greco. Neither of two candidates — both of whom are running for the seat this fall — was elected. However, with those two Sixth Ward council candidates no longer being considered, Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to appoint Edith... more

Three candidates vying for two seats on Canandaigua school board

Three candidates vying for two seats on Canandaigua school board
Voters will head to the polls May 21 to fill three open seats on the Canandaigua Board of Education. Three candidates will run for two open five-year seats. The third seat is the unexpired term of Ralph Undercoffler, who moved out of state last July. The two five-year terms will be filled by the candidates receiving the two highest vote... more

Cuomo changes campaign committee name, suggesting another run for governor

Cuomo changes campaign committee name, suggesting another run for governor
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign committee has branded in an indication that he may be seeking a fourth term. The governor’s re-election campaign is now called “Andrew Cuomo For New York” according to an updated filing on the state Board of Elections website. Cuomo’s campaign had previously been called Cuomo 2018 to reflect his successful bid for a third term last... more

Katko says he doesn’t care who 2020 opponent is

Katko says he doesn’t care who 2020 opponent is
Democrats are already lining up for a chance to take on Congressman John Katko in the November 2020 election. They include his 2018 opponent, Dana Balter. “Their primary is over a year from now,” said Katko, R-24 of Camillus, expressing exasperation for the seemingly endless congressional campaign cycle that has evolved over the past few years. Three Democrats have announced... more

Judge reserves decision on show cause order vs. Seneca County BOE

Judge reserves decision on show cause order vs. Seneca County BOE
State Supreme Court Judge Daniel Doyle reserved decision Tuesday after hearing oral arguments on the show cause order filed by Casey McDonald against the Seneca County Board of Elections. McDonald, of Romulus, filed an order to show cause why the elections board should not reverse three recent rulings it has made, including denying his objections to the state Republican Committee... more

Four candidates running for three Auburn school board seats

Four candidates running for three Auburn school board seats
Seats on the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education will be pursued by a mix of board occupants and newcomers this year. Three positions with three-year terms are available, and school district officials said four candidates filed petitions by Wednesday's deadline. The Citizen: Read More more

Early voting sites in Cayuga County come into focus

Early voting sites in Cayuga County come into focus
Cayuga County election commissioners planned to have one early voting poll site this year, but new information about state funding could help the agency open two additional polling places. Katie Lacey, the Democratic elections commissioner, said in an interview Wednesday that the county may have three polling locations when the early voting period commences in October. The Citizen: Read More more

Mark Pitifer officially gets Republican endorsement for Geneva mayor

Mark Pitifer gets Republican committee endorsement for mayor
Geneva City Republicans have released their slate of candidates, and it’s topped by Mark Pitifer, who had previously confirmed his candidacy for mayor. Pitifer, who has received the endorsement of the city Republican Committee, will face off against Democrat Steve Valentino in November Finger Lakes Times: Read More more

Three candidates for PY school board

Three candidates for PY school board
Three people are running for three seats on the Penn Yan school board. The candidates are incumbents Phyllis Bacher, Kathy Guenther and Jeff Morehouse. The terms are for three years. The district’s annual budget vote and election of board members is May 21. Voting will be from noon to 8 p.m. in the Penn Yan Academy gymnasium. Finger Lakes Times:... more

Peterson won’t challenge opponent’s petitions for SF highway chief

Peterson won’t challenge opponent’s petitions for SF highway chief
Incumbent Town Highway Superintendent Jim Peterson, a Democrat, said he will not mount a legal challenge to the nominating petitions of Brian Sparrow, a Republican. Sparrow’s petitions were subject to an objection from a town resident, but the Seneca County Board of Elections issued a split decision, which means the petitions will stand unless a court rules them invalid. Finger... more
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