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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

In Clifton Springs, three vie for two trustee seats

Several of Ontario County's eight villages will be holding elections Tuesday, but Clifton Springs has the only one with a contested race. Three people are running for two trustee seats on the Village Board of Trustees. Incumbent Trustees Daniel Blondell, who is running as a Democrat and independent, and Melissa Kumkey, who is running as an independent, are running again... more

LETTER: Get out and VOTE in Waterloo’s village election on March 21st

The Waterloo Village election is next Tuesday, March 21st. Please remember to vote. Voting location has been changed to the Waterloo Community Center on Oak Street. The polls are open from noon until 9 pm. Republican candidates for Village Trustee are John Butlak and Damon Monroe. John Butlak is a long time resident of Waterloo. He and his wife Lori... more

Waterloo trustee calls posting on village Facebook page ‘inadvertent’

Colby O’Brien, a member of the town Republican Committee, has filed a complaint over village Trustee David Duprey’s use of the village Facebook page. Duprey, a Democrat who is seeking another term in the March 21 village election, said it was an inadvertent mistake that he corrected as soon as it was pointed out to him. Duprey and fellow incumbent... more

Seeking candidates for Honeoye Board of Education

Two vacancies need to be filled on Honeoye Central School Board of Education. Two, three-year terms are open due to terms expiring of board members Jessica Green and Thomas Mann. Each of the two candidates who receive the greatest number of votes in the May 16th, 2017 election will serve the term of July 1, 2017 through June 30th, 2020.... more

Carol Chock will not seek re-election to Tompkins Co. Legislature

After nearly a decade on the Tompkins County Legislature, Carol Chock (D-District 3) has announced that she will not seek re-election to a fourth term in office. “I am especially proud of the role I’ve played helping to lead Tompkins County into the renewable energy future, ensuring social justice, and preserving the special sense of place for all residents in... more

Seneca Board of Elections rejects two independent petitions

The Seneca County Board of Elections has upheld an objection to the independent petitions of Republican Waterloo village trustee candidates John Butlak and Damon Monroe. Butlak and Monroe filed petitions this week to obtain an independent ballot line for the Revitalize Waterloo Party. Ted Young, the village mayor and county Democratic Party chairman, objected saying there were an insufficient number... more

Newark students witness protests in DC

It was very calm right next to Pennsylvania Avenue and a couple of blocks from the National Mall, but several blocks away, it was anything but calm. Demonstrators in the Northwest portion of Washington D.C. clashed with police. Several windows of businesses were smashed out, fires had been set on the street and police were using tear gas to settle... more

Ontario County GOP chair heads to Washington for inauguration

Inauguration Day is not just the day when President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are sworn into office in Washington, D.C. It’s a day of pomp and gala celebrations, of anticipation – for most every American, regardless of party – and for Trisha Turner, a day of excitement. Turner, with her daughter, Grace, and several other Republicans from... more

Geneva grad will march in Trump inauguration parade

At least one Genevan will be in attendance Jan. 20 when Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as our nation’s 45th President. Thomas Schmitt of Hamilton Street, a 2014 Geneva High graduate, will be among 1,600 members of the Corps of Cadets from Virginia Military Institute marching in the inaugural parade. “I’m very excited about it. It will be a cold... more

Cuomo proposes early voting, voter registration changes to improve NY turnout

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has supported early voting in the past, but he’s never made it a high priority in his annual State of the State agenda. Until now. As part of his “The Democracy Project” election reform plan, Cuomo proposed allowing early voting in New York. Under his plan, counties would be required to have one early voting site for... more

Sen. Helming takes oath in Canandaigua on Saturday in packed courthouse

In some respects, the ceremony held on Saturday for Sen. Pam Helming (R-54) at the Ontario County Courthouse was the pinnacle of a journey she has been on for the last year. In reality though, that journey has just begun. Sen. Helming was sworn in during a ceremony at the North Courtroom in the community she has called home for... more
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