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No contests in Penn Yan, Dresden, Rushville village elections

Petitions have been filed at the Yates County Board of Elections for those running for office in the Village of Penn Yan. Three Village Trustee seats and the Village Mayor’s seat will be on the ballot March 20. The trustee seats are currently held by William Allison, Carolyn Benedict, and David Reeve. Allison and Reeve did not file petitions. Benedict... more

Inside the FLX: Ian Golden talks campaign, local issues & more (podcast)

On Episode #98 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Ian Golden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to take on Rep. Tom Reed this fall joins Josh Durso to talk local issues, politics, his campaign, and much more. Check out all of the candidates seeking to take on Rep. Tom Reed, who have committed to one-on-one interviews on Inside the... more

Messenger to Katko: Return NRA donations

One of U.S. Rep. John Katko's potential Democratic foes is urging him to return donations from the National Rifle Association, a leading gun rights group that has supported his campaigns for Congress. Anne Messenger released a statement Monday in response to Katko's pledge last week to address gun violence. Katko, R-Camillus, said he would work with Democrats on legislation in... more

Inside the FLX: Geneva Believer Founder Jim Meaney talks impact of local issues, news (podcast)

On Episode #97 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Jim Meaney, Founder and Editor of the Geneva Believer was in-studio talking about politics, local elections, the importance of transparency, and much more. Listen to the entire conversation with Inside the FLX Host Josh Durso. more

INSIDE THE FLX: Meet the candidates vying to challenge Rep. Reed in November

It’s election season … or rather, primary season for those vying to win the Democratic nomination and the chance to compete against Congressman Tom Reed in November’s election. Democrats are trying to build momentum against a representative in Reed that they say ‘does not represent the region’. While Republicans hold a significant advantage in the registered voter category – a... more

Edward “Russ” Kenyon announces run for Ontario County Court judge

Attorney Edward “Russ” Kenyon threw his hat in the ring this week for Ontario County Court judge. Kenyon, who is East Bloomfield town justice, has worked for the past 25 years in private legal practice at Kenyon and Kenyon Law Firm in Canandaigua, in partnership with his father, Bill Kenyon. “The people who appear in Ontario County Court may be... more

Candidates file for Ovid, Lodi village elections

Former Ovid Mayor Leon Kelly may return to that post later this year. Kelly was the only person to file nominating petitions for the March 20 village election by Tuesday’s deadline. He is vying to serve the remaining three years of the late David Terry’s term. Terry died Nov. 28. He had been mayor since 2008. A resident of South... more

NY-23: Democrats double-down in fight for Reed's seat at Monday forum

Ithaca’s State Theatre was bustling Monday night, with hundreds filling the theater to watch a discussion between the democratic candidates vying for republican Rep. Tom Reed’s seat in Congress representing New York’s 23rd Congressional District. At the forum, hosted by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee, Tompkins County Progressives and Cornell University Democrats, six of the seven candidates discussed their policy... more

Ithaca surgeon Scott Noren to run for U.S. Senate in New York

Scott Noren, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from Ithaca, is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Noren has been a health care provider for nearly two decades and served the U.S. Army for six years until 2003, a press release stated. The surgeon running for office is focusing especially on health care affordability... more

NY lawmakers: Pass new rules for social media political ads

Two New York state lawmakers are urging their fellow legislators not to pass a state budget without including new rules for political ads on social media. Sen. Todd Kaminsky of Long Island and Assemblyman James Skoufis (SKOO’-fis) of Woodbury detailed their proposal Monday at the state Capitol in Albany. The two Democrats want to require Facebook and other social media... more

RACE TO ALBANY: Cuomo’s approval rating falls, field of potential challengers shrinks

After a tangible bump in January, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability took a tumble in latest polling by Siena College. The poll of New York State registered voters found that Cuomo’s favorability rating is down nine points from where it sat just a month ago. Overall, the Governor has a 53 percent approval rating — with 40 percent of New York’s... more

Helming hosts farm brewery roundtable in Albany

Senator Pam Helming, Senate Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, held a Farm Brewery Roundtable in Albany on Wednesday, January 31, drawing nearly 60 stakeholders from across New York to the State’s capital. Those in attendance included members of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, including Assemblywoman Woerner, Assemblyman Fitzpatrick, and Assemblyman Palmesano, as well as Senator Amedore.... more

Poll: John DeFrancisco unknown by NY voters as he launches bid for governor

State Sen. John DeFrancisco may be the leading contender for the Republican nomination for governor, but a new poll published today shows he's still largely unknown outside of Central New York. When New York voters were asked last week about their opinion of DeFrancisco, 81 percent said they didn't know enough about him to answer the question, according to a... more

Kolb slams Albany as he ends campaign, says he will continue fighting for New Yorkers

While Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) suddenly ended his gubernatorial campaign on Friday — speculation quickly erupted over the possible ‘reasons’ for the exit. Kolb himself released a statement on Friday afternoon announcing the move. “It is with a heavy heart that today I am announcing I am ending my campaign for Governor of New York,” the release read.... more

Wayne County GOP endorses Rep. John Katko for third term in Congress

U.S. Rep. John Katko has secured his first Republican committee endorsement as he seeks a third term in Congress. The Wayne County Republican Committee unanimously endorsed Katko, R-Camillus, for re-election at the party’s nomination meeting Thursday. Assemblyman Bob Oaks, who chairs the Wayne County GOP, said Katko has a “strong legislative record” on the issues that affect the county. “We... more

Democrats from 3 counties designate Balter to challenge Katko for Congress

Democratic Party committees from three counties in Central New York voted Wednesday night to designate Dana Balter as their candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. John Katko in the November election. Balter, 42, of Syracuse, beat out three others to win the designation in the 24th Congressional District from the Democratic committees of Cayuga, Wayne and Oswego counties, said Ian Phillips,... more

Reed has big fundraising advantage over Democrats

It takes a lot of money to run a congressional campaign. Rep. Tom Reed’s got it. In year-end filings with the Federal Election Commission, the Corning Republican raised nearly $1.8 million in 2017 and had more than $1 million cash on hand in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections. “We are grateful to the hundreds of fellow New Yorkers... more

CNY progressive group endorses Balter to challenge Katko for Congress

A central New York progressive organization supports Dana Balter to challenge U.S. Rep. John Katko in the 24th Congressional District race. Uplift Syracuse, which focuses on education, health care, the environment and other issues, endorsed Balter Monday. The decision followed the group's candidates forum that was held last month in Syracuse. Zach Zeliff, an executive board member of Uplift Syracuse,... more
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