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Porsch will run for DA in Seneca County again

Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch of Seneca Falls announced Friday he will seek a third, four-year term this fall. “During my first year in office, I fulfilled all of my campaign promises in 2009,” Porsch said in a statement released Friday. He said those promises consisted of budget cuts; eliminating the district attorney’s vehicle and using his own car;... more

DA candidates land endorsements: Conservatives back Karle; City police unions endorse Ritts

Endorsements have begun in the race to be the next Ontario County district attorney — and county conservatives made a somewhat surprising choice Thursday. Honeoye-area native Kristina “Kitty” Karle said she has received the endorsement of the county’s Conservative Committee. She is one of two Republicans running for the seat held by R. Michael Tantillo, who is stepping down as... more

Nodzo to run for Cayuga County Legislature District 13 seat

Auburn native and former Auburn Enlarged City School District teacher Bob Nodzo will run for the Cayuga County Legislature’s District 13 seat this November, according to a release. He will seek endorsement from the Cayuga County Democratic Committee. “I was raised by parents who instilled in me both hard work and perseverance,” Nodzo said in a release. “I believe that... more

Candidates prepare for school board elections

Uncontested is the word for all but one school board race in Seneca County this spring. Monday was the deadline for candidates to submit the required petitions to be on the May 16 ballot. For the 12 seats up for election in four school districts, 12 petitions were filed for those seats. FL Times: Read More more

ADA to challenge Gardner for Yates district attorney’s job

An assistant Steuben County district attorney plans to run for Yates County District Attorney this year against incumbent Valerie Gardner. “I’m at the point in my career where I want to go to the next level and be closer to my family,” said Todd Casella, a graduate of Wayne Central High School who lives in Hammondsport. “Keuka Lake has become... more

Daly to run for Cayuga County Legislature District 11 seat

Elane Daly, former director of Cayuga County Health and Human Services, will seek the Democratic Committee endorsement for the county Legislature’s District 11 seat. Since retiring from the county, Daly has worked part-time as a program manager for East Hill Family Medical’s school-based dental program. She also serves as a board member for Unity House of Cayuga County and Auburn... more

Former prosecutor wants to bring experience home to Ontario County DA’s Office

A former Honeoye resident is moving back home, and in the process, has announced she is making a run at the top spot in the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office. Attorney Kristina “Kitty” Karle, who practices in Rochester and Canandaigua, said on Saturday that her goal in seeking the district attorney position is to bring the experience she’s garnered back... more

Four seats open on Seneca Falls school board

There are four seats up for election this spring on the Seneca Falls school board, and three incumbents have said they plan to seek re-election. Pete Wormuth is the sole incumbent not running again. He has served on the board since 2004. Seeking re-election are board President Joe McNamara, who was first elected in 2008; Heather Zellers, who has been... more

Legislator Rich John will run for re-election in Tompkins County

It’s the time of year when politicians begin committing to running in the fall. Legislator Rich John, who represents District 4 in Tompkins County, has announced he will run for re-election. John was elected to Tompkins County Legislature as a write-in candidate in 2015 after filling a vacancy. IthacaVoice.com: Read More more

ABSENTEE COUNT: Duprey out as trustee in Waterloo

Village elections usually don’t command that many surprises. However, last Tuesday’s Waterloo Village election turned out to issue one of those unexpected surprises as longtime trustee David Duprey saw his 20 year run on the board come to an end. On Tuesday, absentee ballots were counted and the unofficial results were as follows: John Butlak: 262 (winner) Gina Suffredini: 245... more

Watkins Glen School District capital project vote Tuesday

Residents in the Watkins Glen Central School District will head to the polls to vote on the capital improvement project. Polls will be open from noon to 8:00 PM Tuesday, in the district office’s board room. The proposed project would cost $12.6 million. The school says it will not increase taxes. The district plans to update and renovate multiple areas... more

Eyeing 2018, Democrats taking aim at Collins with new ad

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is already putting its focus on Congressman Chris Collins and the 2018 midterm election. Collins represents New York’s 27th district, which covers areas to the west and south of Rochester, including Orleans, Genesee and Livingston counties and western Ontario County — including Canandaigua, Farmington and Victor — as well as areas surrounding Buffalo. Collins was... more

Reports detail campaign contributions to Seneca Falls board candidates

Campaign finance reports filed with the state Board of Elections show that the two Republicans elected to the Town Board last fall raised and spent more than $4,000 on their campaigns. One, Thomas Ruzicka, spent $4,414.92 — $4,000 of which was received from Waste Connections Inc., the parent company of Seneca Meadows Landfill. The 27-day post-election report shows Waste Connections... more

Ontario County’s first assistant DA announces candidacy for top spot

After more than 100 jury trials and having argued more than 160 appeals during his roughly 18 years serving the Ontario County District Attorney’s Office, First Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts is looking to make the next step. From the steps of the Ontario County Courthouse on Wednesday morning, Ritts announced that he will be running for the district attorney... more

Discussing healthcare, Guardian PILOT, and local elections in the FLX (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast, Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso discussed a range of topics, which included the recent firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, as well as developments in the GOP healthcare proposal. The duo also discussed the future of companies like Guardian Glass, who recently won a significant upgrade to their PILOT agreement with the City... more

ELECTION RESULTS: Winners and losers from village contests (full-coverage)

The surprise from Tuesday’s slate of village elections was the loss of incumbent Waterloo Trustee David Duprey who has served on the board since 1996. In races that generated very few votes — Democrat Gina Suffredini and Republican John Butlak both secured seats on the Village Board. Butlak received 250 votes, while Suffredini secured 213. While there are still 44... more

Don’t vote? That would cost you under proposed NY bill

A bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan, would radically change the way political participation is handled in New York. If adopted the bill would mean anyone who is eligible to vote in New York that doesn’t turn in a ballot would be hit with a $10 fine. The interesting caveat with the bill though, in current form, is the... more

Seneca Co. Board of Supervisors could see major election year shakeup

Nine seats on the Seneca County Board of Supervisors are up for election this year. In theory, it could mean nine new faces — as many vie for two- and four-year terms. The Seats The board, which has four at-large seats — are two-year terms. Covert Supervisor Michael Reynolds, who is up for re-election this year — also carries a... more
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