KOLB FOR GOVERNOR: Assembly Leader launches website, campaign for 2018 bid

“I’m Brian Kolb, candidate for Governor to bring honest leadership to New York.” Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is expected to make a formal announcement on Tuesday, but with those words on the website KolbForNewYork.com — the Leader formalized his efforts to make New York better. Kolb currently serves as Assemblyman for all of Ontario, and part of Seneca County.... more

Assembly GOP Leader Brian Kolb close to decision on 2018 race for NY governor

ssembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb plans to decide this month whether he will run for governor in 2018. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, has been exploring a potential gubernatorial bid since the summer. He is one of four Republicans considering whether to seek the party’s nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year. “Everything is going great,” he said in a recent... more

Feds charge Syracuse man with threatening to kill Rep. John Katko

A Syracuse man is facing federal charges after allegedly calling U.S. Rep. John Katko's office and threatening to kill the congressman and his family. Patrick D. Angelo, 28, has been charged with interstate communication of a threat and threatening a federal official. He appeared in federal court Wednesday and is being held pending a detention hearing Friday. The charges stem... more

Stephanie Miner reconsiders run for Congress against Rep. John Katko

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is reconsidering whether to challenge U.S. Rep. John Katko for Congress in 2018. Miner, a Democrat, announced in October that she wouldn't run for Congress. But that was before the House voted on a tax reform proposal that has been panned by members of her party as a giveaway to wealthy individuals and corporations. Katko, R-Camillus,... more

Democratic contender challenging Collins makes appearance in Canandaigua

Tom Casey, a retired engineer from Erie County, made his first stop Tuesday in Canandaigua in announcing his candidacy for the 27th Congressional District. Casey, who lives in East Aurora, took a pledge against negative campaigning and went as far as to say, “I hope I can learn from Chris Collins” during an interview at the Daily Messenger. But Casey... more

Potential NY GOP candidates for governor inch closer to decisions

It’s the holiday season. Christmas trees are everywhere, decorations are up … and four Republicans are close to deciding whether they will run for governor in 2018. State Sen. John DeFrancisco, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and corporate restructuring expert Harry Wilson are expected to announce by the end of the year whether they will... more

Three step up to run for Ontario County sheriff

Just hours after Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero announced he will not run for reelection in 2018, three candidates stepped forward to run for the office. Two launched campaigns this month. The third will wait until the new year. Povero, the longest-serving sheriff in the history of Ontario County and currently the longest-serving sheriff in New York, disclosed plans... more

DEBRIEF: Tackling budgets, new hires, and disaster declaration along Lake Ontario (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso dive into election results, ballot measures, the budget process in Seneca Falls as the Town Board weighs usage of landfill revenue, a newly hired Director of Public Works in Seneca County, and disaster declaration along the shores of Lake Ontario. . more

Joe Molino wins Ontario Town Supervisor race by 13 absentee ballots

The votes have been counted in the race for Ontario Supervisor and a winner has been declared. Following the opening of absentee ballots on Thursday morning at the Wayne County Board of Elections, Democrat Joe Molino received 46 votes to Incumbent Republican John Smith’s 33. The two had tied in balloting on election night, each receiving 1227 votes. Wayne Times:... more

Casella prevails over Gardner after absentee ballots are counted

Yates County Board of Elections officials have counted the absentee ballots from the Nov. 7 election and determined that Steuben County Assistant District Attorney Todd Casella has prevailed over incumbent District Attorney Valerie Gardner. After the election, Casella led the race by 296 votes, and although Gardner received more absentee votes than he, she didn’t collect enough to make up... more

Geneva City Supervisor race decided by one vote

The election to represent city Wards 5 and 6 on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors gives new meaning to the term “every vote counts.” After 11 absentee ballots were counted Tuesday at the Board of Elections, incumbent Republican Greg Bendzlowicz appears to have defeated Democrat Tamarie Cataldo by just one vote, 190-189. Republican Elections Commissioner Mike Northrup and Democratic... more

Race for Ontario Town Supervisor could soon have a winner

There will soon be a winner in the race for Ontario Town Supervisor. There’s a tie right now in the race. Incumbent Republican John Smith and Democratic challenger Joe Molino both have 1,227 votes. Starting Thursday, absentee ballots will begin to be counted. A required audit on the voting process was done last week by the Wayne County Board of... more

With absentee votes counted, Lattimore, Petrus win Cayuga County Legislature races

Tim Lattimore will keep his District 13 seat representing part of the city of Auburn on the Cayuga County Legislature. The Republican incumbent won by 10 votes against Democrat Bob Nodzo after absentee ballots were unofficially counted Tuesday. Republican Chris Petrus’s third campaign has also been successful for the District 4 seat. He beat incumbent and independent Grant Kyle by... more

Transgender woman begins campaign for 54th District

A local transgender woman is seeking Senator Pam Helming’s seat, per local reports. Shauna O’Toole, who is the director fo the “We Exist Coalition of the Finger Lakes” is hoping to make an impact on a number of levels – as she enters the race for the 54th Senate District in the 2018 race. Her campaign was launched on Monday... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis talks local issues (podcast)

On Episode #83 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Yates County Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis joined Josh Durso to discuss a wide range of topics. The discussion included thoughts on the recent election, ongoing economic development efforts, as well as his thoughts on some regional environmental issues. . more

ELECTION RESULTS: Vote count & race outcomes for all Finger Lakes counties (full coverage)

While individual races were making headlines leading up to Election Day — the biggest issues on the ballot involved propositions. There were several local propositions of interest, as well as three major statewide propositions. The polls were busy, and throughout the region — election workers said that turnout was positive. While exact figures won’t be released for the next several... more

Deputies: Burdett woman accused of damaging, stealing political signs

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a 62-year-old Burdett woman following an investigation into damaged and missingg political signs. The signs in question were located in the Town of Hector, according to investigators. Deputies say Amanda F. Creighton, 62, of Burdett was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny after receiving reports of damaged and missing... more

Absentee ballots will decide two Cayuga County Legislature races

One vote separates Republican Tim Lattimore and Democrat Bob Nodzo from representing District 13 residents on the Cayuga County Legislature. The race for District 4 is also close with Republican Chris Petrus leading independent Grant Kyle by 24 votes. Absentee and affidavit ballots will be used to make final calls. The Cayuga County Board of Elections will begin counting absentee... more
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