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DEBRIEF: Breaking down the biggest political news in 2017 (podcast)

Episode #15 of the Debrief Podcast marked the final show of 2017 from Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso, who has discussed a variety of political, social, and economic issues in the FingerLakes1.com Studio. On the special, ‘year-end’ edition of the pod, the duo discussed Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb’s viability in 2018, a number of state proposals that will be... more

KOLB FOR GOVERNOR: Assembly Leader launches website, campaign for 2018 bid

“I’m Brian Kolb, candidate for Governor to bring honest leadership to New York.” Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is expected to make a formal announcement on Tuesday, but with those words on the website KolbForNewYork.com — the Leader formalized his efforts to make New York better. Kolb currently serves as Assemblyman for all of Ontario, and part of Seneca County.... more

Assembly GOP Leader Brian Kolb close to decision on 2018 race for NY governor

ssembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb plans to decide this month whether he will run for governor in 2018. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, has been exploring a potential gubernatorial bid since the summer. He is one of four Republicans considering whether to seek the party’s nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year. “Everything is going great,” he said in a recent... more

Stephanie Miner reconsiders run for Congress against Rep. John Katko

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is reconsidering whether to challenge U.S. Rep. John Katko for Congress in 2018. Miner, a Democrat, announced in October that she wouldn't run for Congress. But that was before the House voted on a tax reform proposal that has been panned by members of her party as a giveaway to wealthy individuals and corporations. Katko, R-Camillus,... more

Feds charge Syracuse man with threatening to kill Rep. John Katko

A Syracuse man is facing federal charges after allegedly calling U.S. Rep. John Katko's office and threatening to kill the congressman and his family. Patrick D. Angelo, 28, has been charged with interstate communication of a threat and threatening a federal official. He appeared in federal court Wednesday and is being held pending a detention hearing Friday. The charges stem... more

Assembly GOP Leader Brian Kolb close to decision on 2018 race for NY governor

ssembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb plans to decide this month whether he will run for governor in 2018. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, has been exploring a potential gubernatorial bid since the summer. He is one of four Republicans considering whether to seek the party’s nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year. “Everything is going great,” he said in a recent... more

Stephanie Miner reconsiders run for Congress against Rep. John Katko

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is reconsidering whether to challenge U.S. Rep. John Katko for Congress in 2018. Miner, a Democrat, announced in October that she wouldn't run for Congress. But that was before the House voted on a tax reform proposal that has been panned by members of her party as a giveaway to wealthy individuals and corporations. Katko, R-Camillus,... more

Feds charge Syracuse man with threatening to kill Rep. John Katko

A Syracuse man is facing federal charges after allegedly calling U.S. Rep. John Katko's office and threatening to kill the congressman and his family. Patrick D. Angelo, 28, has been charged with interstate communication of a threat and threatening a federal official. He appeared in federal court Wednesday and is being held pending a detention hearing Friday. The charges stem... more

Assembly GOP Leader Brian Kolb close to decision on 2018 race for NY governor

ssembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb plans to decide this month whether he will run for governor in 2018. Kolb, R-Canandaigua, has been exploring a potential gubernatorial bid since the summer. He is one of four Republicans considering whether to seek the party’s nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year. “Everything is going great,” he said in a recent... more

Stephanie Miner reconsiders run for Congress against Rep. John Katko

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is reconsidering whether to challenge U.S. Rep. John Katko for Congress in 2018. Miner, a Democrat, announced in October that she wouldn't run for Congress. But that was before the House voted on a tax reform proposal that has been panned by members of her party as a giveaway to wealthy individuals and corporations. Katko, R-Camillus,... more

Feds charge Syracuse man with threatening to kill Rep. John Katko

A Syracuse man is facing federal charges after allegedly calling U.S. Rep. John Katko's office and threatening to kill the congressman and his family. Patrick D. Angelo, 28, has been charged with interstate communication of a threat and threatening a federal official. He appeared in federal court Wednesday and is being held pending a detention hearing Friday. The charges stem... more

Potential NY GOP candidates for governor inch closer to decisions

It’s the holiday season. Christmas trees are everywhere, decorations are up … and four Republicans are close to deciding whether they will run for governor in 2018. State Sen. John DeFrancisco, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and corporate restructuring expert Harry Wilson are expected to announce by the end of the year whether they will... more

With absentee votes counted, Lattimore, Petrus win Cayuga County Legislature races

Tim Lattimore will keep his District 13 seat representing part of the city of Auburn on the Cayuga County Legislature. The Republican incumbent won by 10 votes against Democrat Bob Nodzo after absentee ballots were unofficially counted Tuesday. Republican Chris Petrus’s third campaign has also been successful for the District 4 seat. He beat incumbent and independent Grant Kyle by... more

Geneva City Supervisor race decided by one vote

The election to represent city Wards 5 and 6 on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors gives new meaning to the term “every vote counts.” After 11 absentee ballots were counted Tuesday at the Board of Elections, incumbent Republican Greg Bendzlowicz appears to have defeated Democrat Tamarie Cataldo by just one vote, 190-189. Republican Elections Commissioner Mike Northrup and Democratic... more

DEBRIEF: Tackling budgets, new hires, and disaster declaration along Lake Ontario (podcast)

On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso dive into election results, ballot measures, the budget process in Seneca Falls as the Town Board weighs usage of landfill revenue, a newly hired Director of Public Works in Seneca County, and disaster declaration along the shores of Lake Ontario. . more

Joe Molino wins Ontario Town Supervisor race by 13 absentee ballots

The votes have been counted in the race for Ontario Supervisor and a winner has been declared. Following the opening of absentee ballots on Thursday morning at the Wayne County Board of Elections, Democrat Joe Molino received 46 votes to Incumbent Republican John Smith’s 33. The two had tied in balloting on election night, each receiving 1227 votes. Wayne Times:... more

Transgender woman begins campaign for 54th District

A local transgender woman is seeking Senator Pam Helming’s seat, per local reports. Shauna O’Toole, who is the director fo the “We Exist Coalition of the Finger Lakes” is hoping to make an impact on a number of levels – as she enters the race for the 54th Senate District in the 2018 race. Her campaign was launched on Monday... more

Committee to re-elect Fayette Highway Superintendent Bill Trout responds to article

The following is in response to the article that appeared in The Home Town Helper this past weekend concerning the election of Fayette Highway Superintendent and is paid for by by the committee to re-elect Bill Trout. To all Fayette voters and tax payers. The present highway superintendent (Bill Trout) has a qualified employee who is certified to handle all necessary... more
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