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Dana Balter thinks Katko is beatable in 2020

Dana Balter thinks Katko is beatable in 2020
Democrat Dana Balter was a political newcomer with little name recognition who faced a daunting task in 2018: Defeat John Katko, a Republican congressman who had vanquished two previous Democratic opponents by wide margins. It didn’t happen, but Balter lost by only five percentage points in the race for the 24th House of Representatives seat. She also garnered more votes... more

THE DEBRIEF: Jim Meaney of The Geneva Believer discusses future of City Council, and more (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Jim Meaney of The Geneva Believer discusses future of City Council, and more (podcast)
When Jim Meaney, founder of The Geneva Believer announced that he would be seeking the nomination to run for Geneva City Council’s Ward 6 seat – there was very little surprise. However, weeks later he ended that campaign, returning to the work that led him to the decision that would be to run for City Council. Reporting on the City... more

Rep. Reed raises $347K in Q1 of 2019

Rep. Reed raises
Congressman Tom Reed’s re-election bid is off to a hot start, according to a press release issued by his campaign. Reed, a Republican from Corning, raised more than $347,000 in the first quarter of 2019. It’s more than 15-times that of his Democratic challengers – Tracy Mitrano and Dr. Scott Noren. Mitrano unsuccessfully ran against Reed in 2018, and quickly... more

Dana Balter wants a rematch against Rep. John Katko after 2018

Dana Balter wants a rematch against Rep. John Katko after 2018
The former democratic candidate who took on Rep. John Katko last year in the 24th district made the announcement Tuesday night at the PressRoom Pub in Syracuse. In a Facebook post teasing the announcement, she said, “We’ll celebrate the extraordinary progress we’ve made while we prepare our next steps in the fight for opportunity for all.” I’m running for Congress... more

Seneca elections board rules McDonald can’t challenge Conservative petitions

Seneca elections board rules McDonald can’t challenge Conservative petitions
Casey McDonald of Romulus filed challenges to the Seneca County Conservative Party Committee petitions of 17 people for various reasons. But the county Board of Elections ruled that since McDonald is an enrolled Republican from District 3 in the town of Romulus, he is not eligible to challenge Conservative Party petitions. Election Commissioners Carl Same and Tiffany Folk determined that... more

Balter expected to become third candidate vying to challenge Rep. Katko for 24th District

Balter expected to become third candidate vying to challenge Rep. Katko for 24th District
Two candidates have already presented as runners in the 24th Congressional race, which is getting an early-start this year. By the end of the day – it could be three. Democrat Dana Balter, who ran an unsuccessful campaign last year – is expected to announce her intent to run in 2020. Katko defeated Balter by roughly five points in 2018... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Seneca Co. Sheriff Tim Luce on progress, campaign, and future

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Seneca Co. Sheriff Tim Luce on progress, campaign, and future
Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce is seeking re-election. Four years into his first term as Sheriff – things have moved quickly. In this week’s Sunday Conversation – Sheriff Luce talks about his efforts to maintain and bolster accreditation, work toward a safer community, while balancing the needs of his office and its residents. He discusses the things he’d like to... more

Steve Valentino to vie for Geneva city mayor

Steve Valentino to vie for Geneva city mayor
Veteran City Councilor Steve Valentino has made it official: He is running for mayor. The city Democratic Committee announced Friday afternoon that Valentino, who represents Ward 3 on Council, is the party’s mayoral candidate. Valentino said more than a month ago that he was interested in running, but was waiting for the committee to make a decision. “Geneva’s momentum is... more

Rod Howe leaving History Center for Ithaca Supervisor campaign

Rod Howe leaving History Center for Ithaca Supervisor campaign
The History Center of Tompkins County announced this week that Executive Director Rod Howe would be stepping away from his role in the organization after four years at the helm. While he will remain involved in “special projects” throughout the rest of the year, the History Center intends to have a permanent replacement for Howe installed by August. Howe is... more

Enslow Independence petition survives in Waterloo

Enslow Independence petition survives in Waterloo
Republican Michael Enslow filed two Independence Party petitions for county supervisor from the town of Waterloo. His first petition, filed April 1, contained 14 signatures, five more than needed. But there were questions about the witness statement on the petition. Enslow then circulated a second Independence Party petition with nine signatures, including six who signed the first petition. He filed... more

Two incumbents not returning to Yates Legislature

Two incumbents not returning to legislature
Petitions have been filed with the Yates County Board of Elections for positions on party lines of the November ballot.There will be Republican primaries in three towns, and the public will see new faces in some positions. Notably, Timothy Dennis and Elden Morrison are not seeking re-election to the Yates County legislature seats — Dennis in District 2 and Morrison... more

Bill Hart running for Geneva City Court judge

Bill Hart running for Geneva City Court judge
The city will have a new supervising city judge come 2020, with the impending retirement of Justice Timothy Buckley. Fellow Democrat Bill Hart wants to succeed him. Hart announced in a press release that he is running for the seat. He is expected to face off against Republican Elisabeth “Lisa” Toole. Toole has not made an announcement related to her... more

Cuomo says threatening primaries is destructive to party

Cuomo says threatening primaries is destructive to party
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview on Tuesday warned against inter-party primary challenges in the Legislature calling it a “circular firing squad.” “I think it is destructive,” Cuomo said in the interview on WAMC. “It’s also an aberrational political moment. You don’t normally have members attacking members. I don’t think it’s productive, I also think it’s dangerous.” Newly elected... more

Primaries emerge in Auburn, Cayuga County after petitions filed

Primaries emerge in Auburn, Cayuga County after petitions filed
Designating petitions for upcoming elections in Cayuga County were submitted last week, setting the stage for some previously unannounced contested races, including a mayoral primary in Auburn. State election law changes approved earlier this year, which moved the local primaries from September to June, pushed up the deadline for political party line petition signature submissions to between April 1 and... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb slams budget outcome, burden placed on Upstate
Last week a $175.5 billion spending bill was passed. Some lawmakers believe that bill, which was packed with a number of consequential pieces of legislation – is proposed that way intentionally by the majority. “This legislation simply wouldn’t pass in a traditional, up-and-down vote,” explained New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua). That said, it passed, and now... more

Proposed budget presentations to continue this week for Auburn city departments

Proposed budget presentations to continue this week for Auburn city departments
Following suit from last week’s Auburn City Council meeting, a number of departments are scheduled to present their proposed 2019-2020 budgets Thursday. This week’s lineup includes public works, police, finance and the office of planning and economic development and code enforcement. Each of the departments are requesting a budget increase. Last week as she presented the city’s preliminary overall budget... more

THE DEBRIEF: Misso Will Challenge Katko, Geneva City Council Vacancy, and SF Resolution (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Misso Will Challenge Katko, Geneva City Council Vacancy, and SF Resolution (podcast)
Geneva City Council has a vacancy to fill, one Town Supervisor candidate has exited the race in Seneca Falls, and Roger Misso enters the race to challenge Rep. John Katko. All of these stories and more will be discussed on this week’s Debrief Podcast presented by FingerLakes1.com. Josh Durso and Jackie Augustine are in-studio breaking it all down – including... more
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