Incumbent receives Democratic, Republican support in Canandaigua supervisor race

In a display of bipartisan support, the Town of Canandaigua Republican and Democratic Committees are both supporting incumbent Greg Westbrook in the upcoming election for Town of Canandaigua Supervisor. “I’m honored and energized by the bipartisan support and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to build on the foundation established by former Town Supervisor Pam Helming,” said Westbrook. When Helming was... more

Kolb, Molinaro in talks to form GOP ticket against Cuomo in 2018

Two former colleagues could reunite in an attempt to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, both of whom are exploring gubernatorial bids, are in discussions to form a Republican ticket to challenge Cuomo, a Democrat, in next year’s election. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, and Molinaro revealed their potential plan during a... more

Oaks says pension forfeiture is getting closer to law

Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R-C Macedon) is reminding New Yorkers there is more at stake this November than just voting for elected officials; on the back of the ballot will be three important statewide initiatives. Voters will decide whether to establish a constitutional convention, allow the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer’s pension if he or she is convicted... more

Katko for Congress leads money race over potential Democratic foes

With more than a year to go until the 2018 election, U.S. Rep. John Katko holds a large financial advantage over one of his potential Democratic opponents. Katko, R-Camillus, raised $260,736.38 and spent $92,757.12 in the third quarter of 2017, according to his latest campaign finance report submitted to the Federal Election Commission. Entering the final quarter of the year,... more

Yates legislator: I am ‘ostracized and ridiculed’

Saying he and others have experienced “orchestrated disrespect and resistance,” Yates County Legislator Mark Morris said he will not actively pursue re-election on the Conservative Party line after losing in a Republican primary. Morris made the announcement at last week’s Legislature meeting, and later sent his statement to media outlets. In September, he finished fifth in a GOP election for... more

DEBRIEF: Failing bridges, affordable housing, and accountable law enforcement (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso talked about a range of topics, including what it takes to create accountable and trusted law enforcement, an L.L.C loophole desperate for state action, the latest on a complicated affordable housing project in Trumansburg, and much more. Check out each segment from Wednesday’s pod in the video windows... more

County hires Rochester law firm to handle Porsch, Rickerson notices of claim

Seneca County has hired a Rochester law firm to handle hearings related to two recent notices of claim filed against the county. The law firm of Goldberg Segalla will handle the questioning and taking of official depositions from District Attorney Barry Porsch and county Probation Department assistant Debra Rickerson. That news was shared with the Board of Supervisors and public... more

Geneva City Supervisor visits Boys and Girls Club

On Wednesday, Geneva City Supervisor Lou Guard visited the 21st Century Learning Site at the Geneva Boys & Girls Club. Supervisor Guard spoke with students about his work on the County Board of Supervisors, his path from Geneva Schools, to his current career as an attorney and higher education leader. He also talked about the importance of being involved in... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Charlie Evangelista talks elections, Ontario County (podcast)

On episode #73 of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso is joined by Ontario County Elections Commissioner Charlie Evangelista to discuss a host of local issues, including some local races taking shape. Over the summer, Evangelista transitioned from serving on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors to serving as the chief elections official for Ontario County. The Democrat has... more

Auburn City Council candidates respond to public’s questions at IGNITE forum

The first political forum of the election season brought the four candidates who are vying for the two open Auburn City Council spots together to answer questions submitted by the public. The forum was hosted by IGNITE, Cayuga County’s young professionals group. IGNITE’s Vice Chairperson Kierstyn Zaykoski moderated the event. Candidates Terry Cuddy, Debby McCormick, John Camardo and Adam Miller... more

Ritts receives endorsement from Ontario County Republican Committee

The Ontario County Republican Committee is proud to announce the committee’s unanimous endorsement of Jim Ritts for Ontario County District Attorney. The committee voted unanimously to endorse Ritts at its meeting Wednesday evening, Oct. 4, at the Inn on the Lake. Ritts, currently the first assistant district attorney for Ontario County, defeated attorney Kristina “Kitty” Karle in the Sept. 12... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Geneva City Supervisor Lou Guard talks local issues (podcast)

Geneva is a family for Supervisor Lou Guard, who has spent the last several months learning the job of county supervisor on the fly. It’s been a challenging road, but one that has shown him a lot about the folks he represents. “I’ve been learning a lot going door-to-door,” he explained. “My goal is to knock on every door in... more

Meet the Ontario County GOP supervisor candidates Friday

In an effort to give voters an opportunity to meet and question them, Republican Geneva city supervisor candidates Greg Bendzlowicz, Frank Gaglianese and Dave D’Amico have scheduled a Meet the Candidates Night Friday at the Finger Lakes Lounge on Seneca Street. Besides statements by the candidates and question-and-answer sessions, the evening will feature barbershop quartet singing, an address by a... more

Weil endorsed by Trailblazers PAC

Rachel Weil, candidate for a county supervisor seat from the town of Seneca Falls, has been endorsed by the Trailblazers Political Action Committee in Horseheads. Weil is running on the Democratic and independent Open Government Party lines for one of two county supervisor seats on the Seneca County Board of Supervisors from the town. She lives at 51 Ovid St.... more

Another Notice of Claim filed against Seneca County; attorney says client was harassed

Seneca County has received a second Notice of Claim. On Friday, Jarrod W. Smith, Esq., who is representing Debra R. Rickerson, provided a narrative to an ongoing story, which rocked Seneca County days before September’s Republican Primary for District Attorney. In an earlier-filed Notice of Claim by District Attorney Barry Porsch, he alleged that Rickerson, acting in her capacity as... more

Joe Sapio will not drop out of DA’s race; set to open HQ in Waterloo

Losing a heated primary contest in September hasn’t dampened Joe Sapio’s desires to continue forward on his quest for the elected position of District Attorney. While incumbent Republican Barry Porsch will have a competitive advantage — coming off of that big primary victory — the Sapio campaign has decided that moving forward, and continuing their push for change is the... more

Kitty Karle ends campaign for Ontario County DA

Kitty Karle, who lost the Republican primary for Ontario County district attorney, announced today she has ended her campaign. “On primary Election Day, the voters spoke, and the Republican party chose its candidate,” Karle said in a statement. “I must and will respect that choice. As such I will no longer actively campaign for the position of District Attorney.” Karle... more

Walters wins Republican primary for Phelps highway superintendent

Phelps Highway Superintendent Terry Featherly was up by five votes in unofficial results after the Sept. 12 Republican primary, against challenger Lee G. Walters. But after last week’s absentee ballot count, Walters is the official winner. Walters beat Featherly in the Sept. 12 primary, with 284 votes, to 279 for Featherly. Walters will now appear on the November ballot for... more
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