Auburn fire, police unions endorse Mannion for NY Senate

Unions representing the city’s firefighters and police officers support the Democratic candidate in the 50th Senate District race. Auburn Police Local 195 and Auburn Firefighters Union Local 1446 endorsed John Mannion for state Senate. Mannion, D-Westvale, is running to succeed retiring Republican state Sen. John DeFrancisco. The Republican candidate in the race is Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci. Auburn Police... more

Balter for Congress wins support of largest health care workers union

Dana Balter has secured her first union endorsement as she aims to unseat U.S. Rep. John Katko in the 24th Congressional District race. Balter, D-Syracuse, announced Monday that she has been endorsed by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. The union, which represents more than 400,000 members, is the largest health care workers union in the country. "We believe Dana will... more

Race for Congress: Mitrano responds to Reed’s staff harassment claims

Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano has responded to allegations from Congressman Tom Reed’s campaign that her supporters threatened and harassed campaign staff at a rally in Olean in July. Reached for comment on Monday morning, Mitrano 59, of Penn Yan, distanced herself from the comment’s authors, stressing they are not associated with her campaign and are not registered volunteers. “I ask... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Kevin Henderson talks campaign for Ontario Co. Sheriff (podcast)

Taking more than three decades of experience with him, Ontario County Sheriff Candidate Kevin Henderson wants residents to know that he cares about the community and its future. Sitting down with Josh Durso on Inside the FLX, Henderson talked about his career, the things he learned, the processes that he’d like to see implemented if elected sheriff – and what... more

Hearing finds Guy lacks signatures needed to qualify for NY Senate race

Republican candidate Rick Guy lacks the necessary signatures to qualify for the Republican primary in the 50th Senate District, a state Board of Elections hearing officer found Wednesday. A hearing was held in Albany to review Guy's petitions. He submitted 1,381 signatures, 602 of which were ruled out by the state Board of Elections. That leaves him with 779 signatures... more

Poll: Cuomo leads Nixon by 31 points in Democratic primary for governor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a 2-to-1 lead over activist and actress Cynthia Nixon in their Democratic primary election matchup, according to a new Siena College poll published Tuesday. Cuomo leads Nixon 60 to 29 percent among likely voters in the Sept. 13 primary, the poll found. Cuomo’s 31-point lead is down 4 percentage points from Siena’s last... more

Auburn police union endorses Schenck for Cayuga County sheriff

The Auburn Police Department Local 195 has announced their support of Det. Lt. Brian Schenck in his campaign to become the next Cayuga County sheriff. In a press release Tuesday, the Auburn police union highlighted Schenck’s extensive law enforcement career and his “willingness to share his wisdom and insight” with the department. In March, Schenck announced his intention to run... more

Cuomo campaign to donate maximum to Balter for Congress

As Dana Balter aims to unseat U.S. Rep. John Katko in the 24th Congressional District race, she will receive a large donation from New York’s top Democrat. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign will donate $2,700 — the maximum amount allowed for a federal office — to Balter’s campaign. She is one of 10 New York House candidates who will receive funds... more

Katko eyes solution to address mental health care provider shortage

The co-chairs of the Mental Health Caucus in Congress have proposed legislation to address the lack of mental health care providers in many parts of the country. U.S. Reps. John Katko and Grace Napolitano introduced a bill that would establish a loan repayment program for mental health care professionals who work in a region where there’s a provider shortage. The... more

Getting to know the candidates for Ontario County Sheriff

After 28 years as sheriff and 46 years in law enforcement, Sheriff Philip Povero has reached the end of his career. Following a career of that length, and with everything the county has accomplished in that time, there is a vast expanse to be filled. Appearing on the ballot in the primary election on Thursday September 13th are two new... more

Battle for the bench: Meet the candidates for Auburn City Court judge

Steven Buschman said he was visiting his parents at St. Joseph's Cemetery on Mother's Day when he finally made up his mind: he was going to run for Auburn City Court Judge. A senior partner at law firm of WHMB P.C. in Auburn, Buschman said he had toyed with the idea of becoming a city court judge in the past,... more

Phillips files specific objections to Porsch, Ettman petitions

Specific objections have been filed to the Green Party nominating petitions of David Ettman and the Independence Party petitions of Barry Porsch, candidates for Seneca County judge. But the Seneca County Board of Elections will not rule on the objections until Monday, July 30. Election Commissioners Carl Same and Tiffany Folk are at a training conference the rest of the... more

Petitions challenged for Ontario County candidates

Two Republican candidates in Ontario County will know by 5 p.m. Monday whether their petitions will face scrutiny by the county Board of Elections. It’s not likely the petitions for judge candidate Russ Kenyon and sheriff candidate Bob Green will get tossed — booting them off the primary ballot — as Kenyon and Green have many more voter signatures than... more

Helming holds large financial advantage over Baldridge in NY Senate race

State Sen. Pam Helming’s six-figure war chest is considerably larger than Democratic challenger Kenan Baldridge’s negative balance. Helming, R-Canandaigua, raised $57,928 over the past six months and has $129,764 in the bank. She is seeking a second term representing the 54th Senate District, which includes 13 towns and a portion of Auburn in Cayuga County. Helming’s campaign reported receiving $1,850... more

Objections filed to Porsch, Ettman county judge petitions

A general objection has been filed to the Green Party nominating petition of David Ettman and to the Independence Party petition of Barry Porsch, both candidates for Seneca County judge. The objections were filed by Ailene Phillips of Seneca Falls with the Seneca County Board of Elections Monday. If Phillips follows up with specific objections to the petitions by July... more

Despite costly primary, Balter for Congress raises $263K in second quarter

Democratic candidate Dana Balter had to fend off a primary challenger, but she showed in the second quarter of 2018 that she can raise the money necessary to compete against Republican U.S. Rep. John Katko in the 24th Congressional District race. Balter, D-Syracuse, raised $263,200 in the second quarter, according to her latest Federal Election Commission filing. The total represents... more

Donna Cathy files petitions for Seneca Co. Judge primary

Last week Donna Cathy filed petitions in this year’s race for Seneca County Judge to secure her ballot positions for the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. “As I met hundreds of Seneca County residents collecting signatures over the past six weeks, it was clear that they want a judge who is impartial, is experienced and has common sense,” said... more

Katko for Congress has $1.6M for re-election campaign against Dana Balter

With less than four months to go until Election Day, U.S. Rep. John Katko has a significant financial advantage over Democratic challenger Dana Balter in the 24th Congressional District race. Katko, R-Camillus, raised $514,977 in the second quarter, according to Federal Election Commission records. His campaign spent $153,859 from April 1 through June 30. At the end of the fundraising... more
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