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Want to be a village or town judge? There’s no experience needed

Want to be a village or town judge? There’s no experience needed
If you find yourself in a local courtroom, you might be surprised to learn the judge deciding your fate likely only had one week of legal training before taking the bench. If you want to be a massage therapist here in New York, you need 1,000 hours of training before you can become licensed. Cosmetologists need 300 hours of training... more

Lower petition signature requirement signed into action; set to impact all local elections

Bill signed reducing petition signature requirements for elections
Bills that would reduce the number the number of needed petition signatures for ballot access were approved on Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The measure were passed by the Legislature after lawmakers this year previously approved a bill unifying the state and congressional primaries to a single date, the fourth Tuesday in June. But with the earlier primary comes the... more

Cayuga County Board of Elections preparing for early voting

Cayuga County Board of Elections preparing for early voting
The requirements of early voting in New York, approved last month by the state Legislature, are likely to have a “considerable impact” on the Cayuga County Board of Elections’ work in 2019, according to both commissioners Tuesday. While the reforms approved by the state cover a number of topics, the changes to early voting and a consolidation of state and... more

No funds for early voting in Cuomo’s NY budget amendments

No funds for early voting in Cuomo’s NY budget amendments
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 30-day budget amendments released Friday don’t include funding for the implementation of early voting in New York. Advocates and county officials hoped Cuomo would add funding to his 2019-20 budget proposal. The state Legislature passed a bill in January to allow nine days of early voting before Election Day. Cuomo signed it into law. When Cuomo released... more

NY closer to lowering petition signature requirement for local candidates

NY closer to lowering petition signature requirement for local candidates
The sponsors of legislation to temporarily ease the signature requirement for candidates in local elections this year hope Gov. Andrew Cuomo will take quick action when the measure is sent to his office in the coming days. State Sen. Rachel May and Assemblyman Billy Jones authored the bill that would lower the number of signatures needed by 25 percent to... more

Mayor resigns in Lodi unexpectedly

Mayor resigns in Lodi unexpectedly
 Lodi village mayor Francis Steverson resigned Thursday. His seat on the three-member Village Board will be filled temporarily by deputy mayor and trustee Mike Huff. There will be a village board election March 19th. Trustee Kyle Barnhart filed petitions to run for mayor. Huff also filed petitions to seek re-election to his trustee seat. After the election, someone will have... more

Benjamin to challenge Davidson in Lodi primary

Benjamin to challenge Davidson in Lodi primary
A Republican Party primary for town supervisor appears likely. Mark Benjamin, community relations director for Seneca Meadows the past several years, has announced plans to run for supervisor in this Seneca County town. If he submits the required party petitions by the April 4 deadline, he will force a primary against incumbent Republican Supervisor Lee Davidson, who said he will... more

THE DEBRIEF: Splitting NYS, upcoming elections, and increasing engagement (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Splitting NYS, upcoming elections, and increasing engagement (podcast)
Check out a special Wednesday Edition of The Debrief Podcast exclusively on FingerLakes1.com. Jackie Augustin joins Josh Durso to break down the latest headlines, which include local election changes – such as the start of petition passing in a couple weeks, and the legislature’s sexual harassment hearings. The duo also break down the ever-present discussion about splitting up New York... more

Former mayor announces bid for Town Supervisor in Seneca Falls

Former mayor announces bid for Town Supervisor in Seneca Falls
Former Village of Seneca Falls Mayor Bradford M. Jones announced his bid to seek the Democratic nomination in this November’s race for Seneca Falls Town Supervisor. The lifelong Seneca Falls resident and former ITT Goulds Pumps Water Systems Plant Manager said that unity, not division or divisiveness, will be his priority throughout the 2019 campaign. “The Town of Seneca Falls... more

Citizens Union says voting reforms will cost nearly $50M

Citizens Union says voting reforms will cost nearly $50M
The various voting reforms approved last month will ultimately cost $49.5 million over the next decade, but lower costs for each election in most counties, according to a report released Thursday by the good-government group Citizens Union. The report reviewed the implementation of early voting, electronic pollbooks and the consolidation of the state and congressional primaries to a single day... more

Local political calendar gets cramped with new rules

Local political calendar gets cramped with new rules
While national political attention may be on the 2020 election cycle, local elections will be in the news in 2019, with all 14 Yates County Legislature seats on the Nov. 5 ballot, along with Yates County Sheriff, County Clerk, and Coroner, and 44 town offices (see list on page 11). But the new twist in the 2019 local election year... more

Charges dismissed in alleged theft of GPS unit in Tom Reed congressional race

Charges dismissed in alleged theft of GPS unit in Tom Reed congressional race
A misdemeanor charge against a Corning resident accused of stealing a GPS unit attached to a campaign sign in last year's congressional race has been dismissed. Gary McCaslin, a retired Corning minister, was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, for allegedly stealing a GPS tracking unit last summer from a sign that said "Extreme Ithaca Liberal" and was planted on... more

State, local officials call on state to pay for early voting

State, local officials call on state to pay for early voting
In November, voters will have eight days before Election Day to get to the polls. It’s part a voting reform bill passed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Jan. 24. Concerns about how early voting will be funded is growing among local leaders. Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo is joining other county leaders in calling on the state to pay. As... more

THE DEBRIEF: Local workforce, local businesses, and a lack of affordable housing (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Local workforce, local businesses, and lack of affordable housing (podcast)
It was a busy week in the FingerLakes1.com Newsroom this week, as the polar vortex provided more issues than simple ‘chill’. On the Friday, February 1st edition of The Debrief Podcast – Josh Durso is joined by Ted Baker, host of Finger Lakes Morning News on WGVA, and WAUB to discuss all of the headlines that made their way through... more

Push to fund early-voting in NYS budget continues as lawmakers work

Push to fund early-voting in NYS budget continues as lawmakers work
Advocates and local government leaders on Thursday continued to press the state to fund early voting in the final state budget agreement. The good-government group Common Cause, along with local elections commissioners and actress and activist Piper Piper Perabo called for an estimated $22.7 million be set aside. “New York State will have early voting in name only without a... more

Seneca County Republican Committee endorses Nabinger, Luce

Seneca County Republican Committee endorses Nabinger, Luce
John Nabinger has spent 15 years as a public defender in Seneca County courts. Now, the Syracuse resident wants to be the county’s top prosecutor. The Seneca County Republican Committee has endorsed Nabinger for district attorney in the November election. The committee also endorsed incumbent Republican Sheriff Tim Luce of Waterloo in his bid for a second, four-year term. The... more

Jack O’Connor wins Waterloo mayoral primary

Jack O’Connor wins Waterloo mayoral primary
Jack O’Connor won Tuesday’s Republican primary election and will be the party’s candidate for mayor in the March 19 village election. O’Connor received 106 votes to defeat William White, who received 51 votes. The totals include machine tallies and absentee ballots. Voting for the village’s enrolled Republicans was at the Waterloo Recreation and Community Center. O’Connor will now face Democratic... more

Waterloo Conservative Party caucus nominates village candidates

Waterloo Conservative Party caucus nominates village candidates
he village’s enrolled Conservatives met in caucus Monday night and nominated party chairman William White as their candidate for mayor. The Conservatives also nominated three Republican candidates. Incumbent Trustee Les Marquart and incumbent Village Justice Conrad Struzik were nominated, as was trustee candidate Robert McGill. White will face Jack O’Connor in today’s Republican primary election for the GOP nomination for... more
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