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

Helming ‘pumped’ to represent region: New state senator has staff in place, plans to move regional office to Geneva

Pam Helming doesn’t look back on the sometimes-bruising campaign for the state Senate’s 54th District seat as a negative thing. Instead, the Republican from Canandaigua views it as a time when she got to visit lots of places, meet lots of people and hear lots of concerns. It’s something she plans on continuing to do in the Senate, and something... more

Victor couple expresses distress with upside-down flag

Devastated, stunned and incredibly fearful. Those are the words Victor resident Laura Glasner used to describe the moment she realized that Donald Trump would soon be president. She said her concern is based on the president-elect’s characterization of racial and ethnic groups, his approach to free speech, his disregard for global warming and a proposal that includes the implementation of... more

Local elections highlighted a wild ride in the FLX this year

By most accounts, the Trump-Clinton presidential election campaign was the top national story – and the race reverberated locally, of course. And no disrespect intended to either candidate, but many people across the country also were overwhelmed with creepy clown hysteria, including at least one local incident. By and large, the stories that folks in Ontario County were most interested... more

Ontario Co. GOP celebrate election success

Trisha Turner, chairwoman of the Ontario County Republican Committee, opened the 2016 holiday party Dec. 7 with news from Albany. Earlier in the day in the state capital, Ms. Turner, of Victor, was elected New York State Republican Vice Chair of the Finger Lakes Region at a meeting of county Republican chairs from across the state and state committee leaders.... more

Galvin rejects plea deal: Case involves forged nominating petitions in Yates County

A local man charged with forging signatures on the nominating petitions of Yates County Judge candidate Valerie Gardner rejected a plea offer Thursday. Instead, the case of Patrick J. Galvin, 55, will go to a county grand jury. Galvin is charged with two counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony. A former member of the... more

State Sen.-elect Pam Helming prepping to represent the 54th in Albany

The next couple of weeks promise to be an emotional roller coaster for incoming state Sen. Pam Helming. Before she is sworn in to succeed retiring state Sen. Michael Nozzolio as the 54th Senate District’s representative in Albany, Helming is wrapping up the final days of her tenure as Canandaigua town supervisor. Helming said she has mixed emotions about the... more

Video shows Canandaigua school bus driver releasing Trump students first

The Canandaigua City School District has turned over a video recording from a school bus showing what happened the morning of Nov. 9, when a district-employed driver let elementary students depart first if they said they would have voted for "my guy," President-elect Donald Trump. In the video, the driver of Bus #13, whom the district has declined to identify,... more

Naples Town Attorney accused of forcible touching

The Naples town attorney was arrested Nov. 2 after being accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl while carrying out his duties as the Yates County public defender. State police charged 69-year-old Edward Brockman, of Naples, with forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with the incident involving an 18-year-old client that allegedly took place in his Penn Yan... more

Dennis takes Ontario County judge seat

First Assistant District Attorney Brian Dennis will be the next Ontario County Court judge, according to unofficial results from the Ontario County Board of Elections. Dennis, a Democrat, on Thursday increased his lead to 468 votes over Republican Terence L. Robinson Jr., after most of the absentee ballots were counted Thursday. Between 50 and 60 ballots still are to be... more

New York Times puts Seneca Falls in national spotlight after Clinton defeat

Seneca Falls was in the national spotlight on Election Day as the first female presidential candidate sought the White House. While former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was unsuccessful in her bid, the New York Times featured a story on what it meant for the community — as well as those who were planning for a Clinton victory in Seneca Falls.... more
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