Linda Andrei leads 23rd Democrats in campaign cash

Linda Andrei has the most cash on hand among the five Democrats expected to take part in the June 26 primary in the race for the 23rd Congressional seat, according to the latest fundraising figures from the Federal Elections Commission. Andrei, an Ithaca doctor, has $210,534 cash on hand after campaign- connected disbursements. “We all know that the only poll... more

‘I’m running’: Assemblyman Gary Finch to seek re-election, awaits Batman

Assemblyman Gary Finch has unfinished business in Albany. Finch, R-Springport, said in an interview with The Citizen that he is running for re-election to represent the 126th Assembly District. The district includes the city of Auburn and the southern half of Cayuga County. Portions of Chenango, Cortland and Onondaga counties are also in the district. There are several issues Finch... more

Cuomo favorability drops again, but still holds commanding advantage over Nixon, others

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating fell to 49-44 percent this month, matching his lowest favorability rating as governor, according to a new Siena College poll of New York State registered voters. Among Democrats, Cuomo has 62-32 percent favorability rating, compared to 33-23 percent for Cynthia Nixon. Head to head, Cuomo leads Nixon among registered Democrats 58-27 percent, down from 66-19... more

Several Cayuga County-area school board elections contested this year

More than half of the Cayuga County-area central school district board of education elections this year will feature contested races. The deadline to petition for most school board seats was April 16. Candidate voting for each district, along with budget votes and any other propositions districts might have, will be held May 15. • The Cato-Meridian Central School District Board... more

Ontario Republicans endorse candidates for November elections

The Ontario County Republican Committee recently endorsed candidates for Ontario County Judge, Sheriff, Treasurer and Coroner and Governor, State Senate and State Assembly. Trisha Turner, chair of the county committee, praised the committee members for meeting with and questioning candidates for several months. “These committee members are volunteers who care deeply about their communities and take the endorsement process seriously,”... more

Perez Williams donated to Balter before challenging her in primary for Congress

Juanita Perez Williams was for Dana Balter a few days before she was against her. Perez Williams, D-Syracuse, donated $250 to Balter, D-Syracuse, on March 31 — the final day of the first fundraising quarter. The contribution was disclosed in Balter's Federal Election Commission filing that was posted online Sunday night. Three days after Perez Williams contributed to Balter's campaign,... more

Zephyr Teachout endorses Dana Balter to challenge Rep. John Katko for Congress

A leading progressive in New York politics is throwing her support behind Democratic candidate Dana Balter in the 24th Congressional District race. Zephyr Teachout, who challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary and ran for Congress in 2016, endorsed Balter, D-Syracuse, to face U.S. Rep. John Katko. The Citizen: Read More more

INSIDE THE FLX: Linda Andrei talks NY23 campaign ahead of June primary (podcast)

It’s already become a competitive battle for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Linda Andrei, M.D., is seeking to unseat Congressman Tom Reed. However, she has a primary to win first in June. She joins Josh Durso to talk about the ups- and downs- of campaigning, as well as her top issues as she looks forward in New York’s 23rd District.... more

Katko for Congress opens 2018 by raising $266K, has $1.24M for re-election bid

U.S. Rep. John Katko added to his hefty campaign war chest in the first fundraising quarter of 2018. Katko, R-Camillus, raised $266,648.34 from Jan. 1 through March 31, according to a quarterly filing submitted to the Federal Election Commission. His campaign closed the first quarter with $1,247,942.22 in the bank. The fundraising haul should give Katko a huge advantage over... more

Keith Batman enters Assembly race to challenge Finch

Keith Batman, a former chair of the Cayuga County Legislature and past Scipio town official, has formally announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination in the 126th Assembly District race. Batman created a campaign committee last month but said at the time he hadn't made a final decision on whether he would run for state Assembly. Nearly two weeks... more

Debate heats up over Ontario County judge endorsement

Dispute over the Ontario County Republican Committee endorsement in the race for county judge now has a former GOP chair taking issue with the move. In a weighted vote, the committee endorsed Kristina “Kitty” Karle over Russ Kenyon. The two Republicans are vying for the seat being vacated by Judge William Kocher, who is not seeking reelection. Following the endorsement... more

Elections commissioners prepare for changes and challenges

Before the upcoming primaries and federal midterm, state and local elections, Yates County’s Election Commissioners Bob Brechko and Amy Daines are making the rounds at all the town board meetings in the county to report on the changes and challenges election officials are facing. Taking a simple and practical approach based on the proximity of their homes, Brechko, the Democratic... more

Stephanie Miner: ‘I’m seriously considering running for governor’

Don’t tell Stephanie Miner the race for the Democratic nomination for governor is already too crowded. The former Syracuse mayor on Monday modified her campaign account to allow her to raise money for a potential run for governor and said she is still actively considering entering the race. Miner, the Syracuse mayor from 2010 through 2017, would enter a formidable... more

Cynthia Nixon says upstate NY begins around Ithaca

Cynthia Nixon's answer to a question that has perplexed New Yorkers for generations is turning heads on social media. Nixon, the Sex and the City actor challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was asked by The New York Times Magazine where she believes upstate New York begins, a query that regularly sparks fierce debate — and a wide-ranging array of responses —... more

Grassroots groups: DCCC trying to ‘erase our work’ in CNY race for Congress

A large collection of activists, including members of the Indivisible movement in central New York, reiterated its support for Dana Balter and questioned why the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would intervene in the primary election. The grassroots groups released a four-paragraph statement in response to Juanita Perez Williams' entry into the 24th Congressional District race and reports that the DCCC,... more

Bill Bass will continue campaign for Congress against Katko, but not as Democrat

Bill Bass will end his pursuit of the Democratic nomination in the 24th Congressional District race and form his own ballot line to challenge U.S. Rep. John Katko in the general election. Bass, who launched his congressional campaign in January, announced his plans Monday. Over the weekend, he submitted a letter to the four county Democratic chairs in the district... more

Lieutenant announces candidacy for sheriff, coroner seeks re-election in Cayuga County

It's official: Brian Schenck is running for Cayuga County sheriff. Schenck made the announcement Thursday evening at the Springside Inn, where dozens of community members gathered to offer their support. The current sheriff's office detective lieutenant was also joined by Cayuga County Coroner Dr. Adam Duckett, who said he would seek re-election in the fall. Last month, Schenck discussed his... more

Republicans don’t back candidate for judge, primary expected

The Seneca County Republican Committee did not endorse a candidate in the race for Seneca County Judge. Donna Cathy, former Seneca County District Attorney said on Thursday she ‘commended’ the choice. “I commend their decision to leave the choice for filling this open seat up to the voters,” she explained. “Looking ahead, I’m prepared and excited to run a spirited... more
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