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Ontario County Conservative Party recommends no endorsement in controversial race for NY27

Ontario County Conservative Party recommends no endorsement in controversial race for NY27
The Ontario County Conservative party says they are opting to not endorse any candidate in the controversial special election for Congressional District 27. The seat was vacated last fall by Former Congressman Chris Collins. He pleaded guilty in an insider trading case, which prompted the resignation. State Senator Chris Jacobs, a Republican, was endorsed by party chairs throughout the district.... more

CNY Leadership Institute gives residents training to run for office

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Want to get involved in local politics? Want to simply be more informed about the process to get elected? Whether you’re eying a local school board, or looking to run for Congress – the Central New York Political Leadership Institute is launching its 11th annual eight week program to provide training to individuals on how to navigate the political process.... more

Mitrano says major shift necessary in healthcare as listening tour stops in Geneva

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During the final leg of her five-city healthcare crisis listening tour Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano issued a campaign promise and publicly commented on Rep. Tom Reed’s (R-23) contemplation of a run for governor. Vying once again to represent the 23rd District, Mitrano challenged Reed in a rematch from 2018 for the coveted seat in Congress ahead of 2020. more

Jacobs endorsed by Republican chairs in 27th District for special election

Jacobs endorsed by Republican chairs in 27th District for special election
Republicans officially have a candidate in the race for the 27th Congressional District in Western New York. That district includes part of Ontario County; and will see a special election this spring. The Republican chairs of the 27th District endorsed State Sen. Chris Jacobs for the seat. It was held by Chris Collins until his resignation in 2019 ahead of... more

Rep. Katko throws support behind President Trump for 2020

Rep. Katko throws support behind President Trump for 2020
Four years ago Congressman John Katko (R-24) called for President Donald Trump to drop out of the race. Now he’s supporting him for a second term. Rep. Katko says he will continue to speak out against Trump when he disagrees, but for now, his support stands with the President in the 2020 election. His main reason for supporting Trump in... more

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020 (video)

Governor Cuomo outlines full-plan for spending in 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his proposals outline a bold vision for New York as it battles with some of the toughest economic pressures the state has faced in years. The 2020 budget plan features a $33 billion five-year plan to combat climate change, including a new plan to streamline government bureaucracy to deliver renewable energy projects faster; a $25 billion expansion of... more

Sen. Seward says bladder cancer treatments will prevent re-election bid

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Longtime New York State Senator Jim Seward (R-Oneonta) will not seek re-election in the 51st District. The Republican, who was first elected in 1986 made the announcement on Monday that he would end his elected career in 2020. Cancer treatments were said to be the driving force behind his decision. Doctors told him that those treatments for bladder cancer would... more

Jim Kelly faces backlash after endorsing Republican candidate for NY-27

Jim Kelly faces backlash after endorsing Republican candidate for NY-27
A Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer is facing some backlash after making a political proclamation on social media over the weekend. Jim Kelly, who resides in the 27th Congressional District, endorsed Beth Parlatoon on Saturday. “Jill and I are supporting @BethForCongress,” Kelly wrote on Twitter. “Our daughters grew up together; we know her and trust her to stand for what... more

THE DEBRIEF: Debating the state of Upstate economy, ending the pledge, and more (podcast)

WATCH LIVE NOW: Debating the state of Upstate economy, ending the pledge, and more (podcast)
What were the biggest stories of the week in the Finger Lakes? There are several that have people talking, and this week on Episode #60 of The Debrief Podcast, Ted Baker, Jackie Augustine, and Josh Durso are in-studio breaking it all down. Topics for discussion this week include: – A recent appointment by the Cuomo Administration to the Committee on... more

Mitrano launches healthcare listening tour, will work with RIP Medical to pay off local debts

Mitrano launches healthcare listening tour, will work with RIP Medical to pay off local debts
Tracy Mitrano, a Democrat seeking to challenge Congressman Tom Reed this fall says she’s working to shed light on medical debt in the Finger Lakes. She announced the start of a five-city healthcare crisis listening tour. Mitrano’s announcement came during a press conference at the Pendergast Library in Jamestown to highlight a unique partnership helping district residents out from under... more

Tom Reed will lead President Trump’s re-election campaign in NY

Tom Reed will lead President Trump’s re-election campaign in NY
Congressman Tom Reed is among six elected officials who will lead President Donald Trump’s re-election effort in the state. Finger Lakes News Radio reports that Reed will be joined by Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson, fellow Congressmen Peter King and Lee Zeldin, New York City Councilman Joe Borelli and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the Albany area leading that effort. In... more

Canandaigua resident vying to challenge Assemblyman Kolb picking up steam

Canandaigua resident vying to challenge Assemblyman Kolb picking up steam
Democrat Matt Miller, a 24-year-old Canandaigua resident, and Irondequoit native is gaining traction in his bid for 131st Assembly District. He’s challenging Republican Assemblyman Brian Kolb, who hasn’t had many challengers over his nearly 20 year run. After a recent DWI crash near his home in Ontario County – it’s unclear if he will run again. If he does, though,... more

Nate McMurray will be the Democrat on the ticket for the 27th Congressional District

Nate McMurray will be the Democrat on the ticket for the 27th Congressional District
Nate McMurray will challenge someone other than Chris Collins this time around for the 27th Congressional District. The Democratic hopeful has wrapped up his nomination process. Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner ended efforts to consider an alternate candidate, according to the Messenger Post in Canandaigua. “We’ll be with Nate,” said Zellner. “All the chairs have said Nate is the... more

Comegys will challenge Republican Assemblyman Manktelow this year

Comegys will challenge Republican Assemblyman Manktelow this year
Assemblyman Brian Manktelow will have a challenger in the 130th District. Democrat Scott Comegys has made his second bid for the seat official. He ran unsuccessfully when Assemblyman Bob Oaks retired two years ago. Manktelow announced is bid for another term in early-January. Meanwhile, Comegys says that while the state has made some meaningful progress in areas – the district... more

Special election for 27th Congressional District will be held April 28th

Special election for 27th Congressional District will be held April 28th
Governor Andrew Cuomo has set the date for the special election to fill the seat vacated by former Congressman Chris Collins. The date was set as April 28th, which is the same date as the state’s presidential primary. Critics of the date say that it gives Democrats an unfair advantage, at a point when Republicans will not turn out as... more

Congressman Reed says he’s not ruling out a run for governor

Congressman Reed says he’s not ruling out a run for governor
Congressman Tom Reed, who represents the 23rd District is not ruling out a run for governor. “We have been approached by numerous individuals across the state about a candidacy for governor, and I appreciate that conversation and am not ruling it out, because what I see in Albany is one-party control that is pushing the state in a direction that... more

Three BOE seats up in Penn Yan school district, nominating petitions now available

Three BOE seats up in Penn Yan school district, nominating petitions now available
Petition forms are available for those interested in running for Penn Yan Board of Education. Three seats are up for election this year. An annual budget and election is scheduled for May 19th. Terms are three years in length. Necessary forms can be picked up from the district office between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the week. Petitions must... more

New York expected to begin auto-enrolling voters with passage of legislation

New York expected to begin auto-enrolling voters with passage of legislation
New York may soon automatically add any citizen that fills out a state form to the voting rolls under a revised bill that will head to State Senate. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will push for the bill along with voting advocates and other Democrats on Tuesday. The measure is expected to pass with ease. Governor Andrew Cuomo called for... more
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