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Nearly $3M spent in close NY Senate race between Antonacci, Mannion

Nearly $3M spent in close NY Senate race between Antonacci, Mannion
Like the 24th Congressional District race, the state Senate race pitting Republican nominee Bob Antonacci against Democratic hopeful John Mannion was expensive. A review of state campaign finance records found more than $2.85 million was spent on the 50th Senate District race. The sum includes expenditures by Antonacci, Mannion and outside groups. Antonacci defeated Mannion by two percentage points in... more

Moravia school district’s capital project passes by wide margin

Moravia school district’s capital project passes by wide margin
Moravia Central School District voters approved the first phase of a multi-million dollar capital project on Wednesday. The capital project proposal passed 190-36. The first part of a three-phase project is set to have a $11.5 million price tag, with $10 million in building improvements and a energy performance contract for $1.5 million in upgrades. The district plans to start... more

Cuomo spent over $35M on re-election bid, per report

Cuomo spent over $35M on re-election bid, per report
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hunt for a third term cost $35.5 million this year alone, according to updated campaign finance records released on Tuesday. Cuomo spent a combined $43 million over the last four year campaign cycle since 2015, records show. Like in 2014, Cuomo this year faced a Democratic primary challenge from his left and handily defeated actress and education... more

Rep. Collins calls Higgins a liar, citing media double-standard for Republicans

Rep. Collins calls Higgins a liar, citing media double-standard for Republicans
Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY-27, has not been shy about talking about the double standard he believes the media has when reporting on him versus his Democratic colleagues, specifically fellow Congressman Brian Higgins. Collins has argued Higgins didn not get the same criticism as him for not debating his opponent this past election. That’s perhaps a false equivalency considering Higgins race... more

NY Gov. Cuomo to give 3rd inaugural address on Ellis Island

NY Gov. Cuomo to give 3rd inaugural address on Ellis Island
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver his third inaugural address at Ellis Island on New Year’s Day. The Democrat announced his plans on Tuesday, calling Ellis Island a “fitting” location to begin a new term that he says will be focused on fighting for New Yorkers and setting a “progressive example” for the rest of the nation. Ellis Island... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing CAFO regulation, HABs, and politics of Greenidge (podcast)

LIVE AT 9:15 AM: Peter Mantius discusses latest environmental news on The Debrief (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Peter Mantius, founder of The Water Front, whose reporting is featured on FingerLakes1.com, joins Josh Durso to discuss a number of important, pressing political and environmental issues that have been grabbing headlines in the last several weeks. Watch the entire program below, or listen to the audio only version in the media player at the bottom... more

Supervisors will have to take action over vacancies created by election in Seneca County DA’s office

Supervisors will have to take action over vacancies created by election in DA’s office
Elections have consequences. Those consequences aren’t always political, though. Seneca County Court Judge-elect Barry Porsch, who is serving out another month as Seneca County District Attorney before he takes office on January 1st, 2019 joined the Seneca County Board of Supervisors at their monthly committee sessions to discuss future planning and options for their first year without him leading prosecutorial... more

Rep. Tenney formally concedes defeat to Brindisi in close congressional race

Rep. Tenney formally concedes defeat to Brindisi in close congressional race
Three weeks after Election Day and eight days after CNYCentral concluded her path to victory was all but gone, Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney officially conceded Wednesday to Democrat Anthony Brindisi in the contested race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District. “As the votes have been counted the last several weeks, it has become clear that while we remain on the... more

Cuomo says he is “ruling out” 2020 presidential run

Cuomo says he is “ruling out” 2020 presidential run
He’s not running. During an appearance on WNYC Radio with Brian Lehrer Tuesday morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is ruling out a 2020 presidential run. “I ran for governor,” Cuomo said in response to the question of the run. “I have a full plate. I have many projects. I’m going to be here doing the job of... more

LEADING THE WAY: Assemblyman Brian Kolb elected to lead Republican conference again

LEADING THE WAY: Assemblyman Brian Kolb elected to lead Republican conference again
Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) was unanimously re-elected as Leader of the Assembly’s Republican Conference. He released the following statement, extending his gratitude to those who elected him, as well as the constituents who chose him for another term. “It is a profound honor to have the trust and support of my colleagues in the Assembly Minority Conference,... more

Nate McMurray concedes in 27th Congressional race against Collins

Nate McMurray concedes in 27th Congressional race against Collins
Democrat Nate McMurray conceded the race to represent the 27th Congressional District to Rep. Chris Collins on Monday. “Nearly all the votes are counted and it is apparent that Chris Collins will be returning to Washington,” said McMurray, who had been a long shot candidate before Collins, a Republican, was arrested in August on charges of insider trading. “It is... more

With strong showing in Cayuga County, Antonacci defeats Mannion in NY Senate race

With strong showing in Cayuga County, Antonacci defeats Mannion in NY Senate race
Bob Antonacci was the apparent winner of the 50th Senate District on election night. Now, the Republican is officially the senator-elect. Following the absentee ballot count in Cayuga and Onondaga counties, Antonacci finished with 62,333 votes. His Democratic opponent, John Mannion, netted 60,010 votes. Mannion received more absentee votes in Onondaga County, 3,845 to Antonacci’s 3,300. But it wasn’t enough... more

THE DEBRIEF: Cuomo’s op-ed, cashless tolling in NYS, and contamination at the Depot (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Cuomo’s op-ed, cashless tolling in NYS, and contamination at the Depot (podcast)
On Friday’s edition of The Debrief Josh Durso was joined by Ted Baker, host of Finger Lakes Morning News on WGVA and WAUB – where the duo discussed a number of recent headlines from around the Finger Lakes. The topics up for discussion included: – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fiery op-ed aimed at critics of the Amazon deal in New York... more

McMurray not conceding in 27th District

McMurray not conceding in 27th District
Democratic challengerNate McMurray declined to concede in the 27th District Congressional race, after a count of absentee ballots following the Nov. 6 election. Figures show Republican Rep. Chris Collins still leading the race. “Right now, it appears that the difference is less than 0.5%, a margin that would, in many counties and states, trigger an automatic recount,” McMurray said in... more

Collins declares victory in 24th District after absentee count

Collins declares victory in 24th District after absentee count
Indicted Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins declared victory Tuesday in his western New York district, saying a count of absentee ballots preserved his lead over Democratic challenger Nate McMurray. “Congressman Collins led and won on election night and maintained that lead during the entire recanvassing process,” Collins’ campaign spokeswoman Natalie Baldassarre said in a statement. With fewer than 3,000 votes... more

Reed confident his group can bring House reforms

Reed confident his group can bring House reforms
Republican Congressman Tom Reed and his bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus has been pushing for an end to what he calls the “top-down, speaker-driven” style of operations in the House. Now, said Reed in a conference call with reporters this past week, he believes the caucus, which he co-chairs with New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer, is close to making it happen,... more

Mitrano-Reed rematch could be brewing

Mitrano-Reed rematch could be brewing
It’s possible we could have a repeat matchup in the race for the 23rd Congressional District seat in 2020. Less than two weeks removed from the election, Democrat Tracy Mitrano said she will seek the Democratic nomination again in 2020. “The results of Nov. 6 don’t change the facts,” said Mitrano in a press release. “The people of western New... more

THE DEBRIEF: Amazon HQ, Upstate NY, policy for local renters, and more (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Amazon, Upstate NY, policy for local renters, and more (podcast)
This week on The Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso break down the latest headlines from a busy week in local, regional, and state politics. Here’s a look at the stories up for discussion exclusively on FingerLakes1.TV and FL1 Radio: – Amazon receives $1.5B+ in incentives from NY for HQ #2; – New push to divide Upstate & Downstate NY;... more
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