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February 7, 2023 - 5:17pm
posted by Press Release in Elections, news.

Press release:

Change of Party enrollment forms must be received at the Genesee County Board of Elections no later than February 14, 2023, to be effective immediately. Registration forms can be found online at http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/elections/index.php or in person at the Board of Elections office. Any change of enrollment made from February 15 through July 5th shall be effective on July 5th. To be eligible to vote in a Party Primary, a voter must be registered with the Party holding the Primary election.

Forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Genesee County Board of Elections, 15 Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. 

February 3, 2023 - 3:10pm
posted by Press Release in Le Roy, news, Elections.

Press release:

The Town of LeRoy Republican Committee is seeking candidates interested in being selected as the endorsed Republican candidate for the following offices in the November General Election.  If  interested, please contact Randa Williams   (585) 356-5333

  • Town Supervisor
  • Town Justice 
  • Town Highway Superintendent
  • Town Council – (2)
  • Town Clerk
February 1, 2023 - 6:44pm
posted by Press Release in Pavilion, news, Elections.

Press release:

The Town of Pavilion Republican Committee is seeking Candidates that are interested in being selected as the endorsed Republican candidate for the following offices in the November General Election:

  • County Legislator District #6 (Alexander, Bethany and Pavilion)
  • Town Supervisor
  • Town Justice (2)
  • Town Highway Superintendent
  • Town Board – (2)
  • Town Clerk

All the above offices are four-year terms.

Those interested, please send a letter of intent and resume by Feb 15, 2023, to: James Thater - 9786 Lake St. Pavilion, NY 14525, or contact at (585) 409-7395 – [email protected]

February 1, 2023 - 6:31pm
posted by Press Release in Darien, news, Elections.

Press release:

The Town of Darien Republican Committee is actively seeking individuals who may be interested in serving their community as a candidate for office for the following positions:

  • Town Justice
  • Town Supervisor
  • Town Council (2 positions)
  • Highway Superintendent

All interested parties should send their letter of interest to: Committee Chair, Mike Davis, 10740 Alleghany Road, Darien Center, NY 14040 or to: [email protected] no later than Friday, February 17, 2023.

January 27, 2023 - 6:04pm
posted by Press Release in Bethany, news, Elections.

Press release:

The Town of Bethany Republican Committee is seeking registered party members that are interested in being selected as the endorsed Republican candidate for the following offices in the November General Election:

  • County Legislator District #6 (Alexander, Bethany and Pavilion)
  • Town Supervisor
  • Town Highway Superintendent
  • Town Board -- two seats
  • Town Clerk

All the above offices are four-year terms.

Those interested, please send a letter of intent and resume by Feb 10 to: Gregg Torrey - 6005 Torrey Rd Stafford, NY 14143, or contact at 585-507-8139 – [email protected]

January 26, 2023 - 7:00am
posted by Press Release in Oakfield, news, Elections.

Press release:

The Oakfield Republican Committee is looking for candidates to fill the following positions. All are for four (4) year terms:

  • Superintendent of Highways
  • Town Clerk
  • Councilpersons (2)

Interested persons should submit their letter of interest to:

Melissa M. Haacke, Secretary ORC 19 Bennett Ave. Oakfield, NY 14125, No later than, Feb. 8.

The Republican Committee meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Feb 9, at the Oakfield Community & Government Center, 3219 Drake St., Oakfield.

January 24, 2023 - 5:48pm
posted by Press Release in Alabama, Elections, news.

Press release:

The Town of Alabama Republican Committee is looking or qualified candidates to run in this fall elections. The following positions are open for the fall 2023 elections:

  • Town Supervisor
  • Town Clerk
  • Town Justice – 2 positions up for election
  • Town Council – 2 positions up for election
  • Town Highway Superintendent

Please submit your letter of intent no later than Fe. 10 to:

Earl LaGrou
7420 Macomber Rd.
Oakfield, NY 14125

Letters may also be submitted via email to [email protected]. If candidates need more information, they may call Earl LaGrou, (716) 912- 8195.

January 16, 2023 - 4:50pm
posted by Press Release in Alexander, news, Elections.

Press release:

The Town of Alexander Republican Committee is seeking registered party members that are interested in becoming selected as the endorsed Republican candidate for the following offices for the Nov. 7th, 2023 General Election.  All positions are four-year terms.

  • County Legislator District #6 - Alexander, Bethany and Pavilion
  • Town Supervisor
  • Town Highway Superintendent
  • Town Clerk
  • Town Council Member - 2 seats
  • Also, one vacancy will exist for: Republican Committee member, District #1 (Route 98 West)

Those interested please send letter of interest and resume by February 6th, 2023 to:  Barbara Eddy, 11054 Alexander Rd., Attica, NY   14011. Any questions call Barbara at 585-591-1435.

January 16, 2023 - 12:40pm
posted by Press Release in Elections, news, Genesee County Democratic Committee.

Press release

The Genesee County Democratic Committee is actively seeking candidates for the 2023 elections, and we want to talk to you! We don’t care about your resume: if you're a forward thinker and you care about improving your local community, we want to help you run.

The past few election cycles have taught us that who the candidate is matters. How well they communicate online and in person, how comfortable they are in their skin, and their authenticity are all important factors.

We’re looking for candidates with ties to their community. Folks who are already in their district — volunteering, organizing, mentoring, working and just being a good person. We don’t want to convince someone to move home to run — we want someone who calls a place home to step up and run.

We work with candidates from all backgrounds — teachers, nurses, farmers, activists, artists, musicians, chiefs, and rodeo stars. If you are passionate about making a difference, we will support you.

The following positions will be up for election this fall. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please contact us at [email protected]

County Offices

  • County Clerk
  • Coroner – 1 position
  • Legislators
  • Dist 2 – Bergen/Byron/Elba
  • Dist 4 – Batavia Town/Stafford
  • Dist 6 – Alexander/Pavilion
  • Dist 8 – City of Batavia Wards 2 and 3

City of Batavia

  • Councilman – all wards – 1-6 Town of Alabama
  • Town Supervisor
  • Town Clerk
  • Town Justice
  • 2 Council seats
  • Highway Supt.

Town of Alexander

  • Supervisor Town Clerk
  • 2 Council seats
  • Highway Supt.

Town of Batavia

  • 2 Council seats

Town of Bergen

  • Town Clerk Town Justice
  • 2 Council seats
  • Highway Supt.

Town of Bethany

  • Supervisor Town Clerk
  • 2 Council seats

Town of Byron

  • Supervisor
  • 2 Council seats
  • Highway Supt.

Town of Darien

  • Supervisor Town Justice
  • 2 Council seats
  • Highway Supt.

Town of Elba

  • Town Clerk
  • 2 Council seats
  • Highway Supt.

Town of LeRoy

  • Supervisor Highway Supt.
  • 2 Council Seats
  • Town Clerk
  • Town Justice

Town of Oakfield

  • Town Clerk
  • 2 Council seats
  • Highway Supt.

Town of Pavilion

  • Supervisor
  • Town Clerk
  • 2 Town Justice seats

Town of Pembroke

  • Supervisor
  • Town Clerk
  • Town Justice
  • 2 Council seats
  • Highway Supt.

Town of Stafford

  • Supervisor
  • 2 Town Justice seats
  • 2 Council seats 
November 9, 2022 - 8:00am
posted by Joanne Beck in news, batavia, notify, Elections.

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While Genesee County was certainly bleeding red Tuesday, it apparently wasn’t enough to get the job done for the big-ticket candidates during the general election.

Although the Associated Press and political pundits weren’t ready to call the race for state governor by midnight, Democrat incumbent Kathy Hochul was proclaimed the winner an hour later with a vote of 2,869,712 (52.9 percent) to Republican Lee Zeldin’s 2,52,639 (47.1 percent) as the early morning hours wore on.

Locally, though, Republicans pushed Zeldin up by a vote of 12,800 (plus 2,349 for the Conservative line) to 5,534 for Hochul (plus 423 on the Working Families line).

Republicans also outweighed the Democrat vote for state comptroller, with Paul Rodriguez ahead with 11,580, plus 2,233, versus Thomas DiNapoli’s totals of 6,146 plus 739. DiNapoli was declared the victor with 3,117,435 votes and 56.6. percent versus Rodriguez's 2,385,818 and 43.4 percent of the votes.

Once again, the red charged in for the U.S. senator position, giving challenger Joe Pinion 11,833, plus 2,261 votes to nearly half that for incumbent Charles Schumer, with 6,059 and 622 votes. The AP did call this race earlier nationally, with a total of 2,953,686 (56 percent) for Schumer and 2,264,936 (43 percent) for Pinion. Third candidate Diane Sare captured 1 percent of the vote with 52,717.

The only contested local race of Darien Town Justice gave the seat to David Overhoff with 1,085 votes to Michelle Krzemien’s 279. Genesee County Democratic Chairman Michael Plitt didn’t feel this race was contested, as Krzemien did not run a campaign, he said.

Plitt was glad and confident — even two hours before it was officially called — that Hochul would retain her governor’s seat.

“I think she's been a great friend to Genesee County. That is definitely a bright spot,” he said. “I also want to thank the poll workers for putting in, you know, a hard day's work; they do a great job, Democratic and Republican poll workers in Genesee County.”

He also gave a nod of appreciation to Daniel Brown and Steve Holden for being part of the Democrats' candidate pool in their races for state Senate and U.S. Congress, respectively.

A local proposition for Alexander voters about whether to keep the transfer station or not was approved.  Should the Town of Alexander continue to operate the Town Transfer Station? Yes, by a vote of 820 to 188 no votes.

Although Genesee County voters vetoed the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022 by a vote of 11,407 to 8,706, that statewide climate change act passed by more than 70 percent of the voters, or 2,351,738, to 987,830 no votes.

Republicans’ power did shine through on a few races, including that of state Assemblyman Steve Hawley, with local votes of 13,753 and 2,513 to 4,455 for challenger Jennifer Keys; 12,443 and 2,291 for state senator candidate George Borrello versus 5,408 for Democrat Daniel Brown; and 12,492 and 2,318 for Claudia Tenney versus 5,623 for Steve Holden for the Congress seat.

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Hawley, who received 77 percent of the vote statewide, was happy with the amount of voters out there, gave credit where it was due and expressed his dismay with the current governor’s focus while campaigning and in office.

“I’m always very, very pleased when people exercise their right to vote, that have input into who their elected representatives could be, whether in local races, or in state races or nationally,” Hawley said as Vice Chairman of the Genesee County Republican Committee at election headquarters at Terry Hills in Batavia. “It was a high turnout across the state of  New York, and I think that bodes well for our republic and this nation, and dictates the direction of where our republic wants to go.

“I think that, frankly, I work with folks all over the state of New York, and downstate the number one issue is crime and public safety, and upstate, which is everything north and west of Westchester County, inflation is number one, and crime is number two. I think Mrs. Hochul, who represented this area, is from this area, really has gotten the wrong direction from the folks who live in New York City. From my point of view, she’s literally turned her back on her hometown folks, and I’m not quite sure that folks that are elected to office ought to be doing that.”

He realized at that point in time that it was still too early to tell for certain who won the governor’s race, he said, but he believes that “we need to see a dramatic and drastic change from the direction that we’ve been seeing out of Albany.”

As for his own campaign, Hawley has no specific strategy other than walking the walk every day, he said.

“I try never to concentrate on a particular race every two years, I try to represent people 365 every single year I’m in office. So I don’t do anything differently in an election year than in a nonelection year,” he said. “I try to concentrate on the things that are important: inflation, the high cost of living, the erosion of the retirement living that folks thought that they’d have, we all know about gas, we all know about groceries, we’ll soon know about home heating, it’s soon to go through the roof.”

Being a family-oriented community here, with family values, he also believes that it’s important to adhere to the Second Amendment and that elected officials respond to the needs of their constituents. A cashless bail system is also leading to higher crime rates, he said.

Taking care of people “from cradle to grave” comes at a price — this state’s hefty budget, he said — and the cost is getting too steep.

“We need to get back on track,” Hawley said.

Shortly before midnight, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney released a statement about her win Tuesday night. Her camp was touting a lead of 38,000 votes, or 27 percent more than her opponent.

“I sincerely thank the voters of New York’s 24th Congressional District who have put their faith and trust in me,” Tenney said in the written statement. “I also thank my opponent for running a spirited race. I am so honored that our campaign was a grassroots movement driven by volunteers from across the 24th District. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents from the North Country and Central New York to the Finger Lakes and Western New York all came together to change the direction of (this) country and restore principled leadership to Washington.

“I will not let them down as I continue my fight to support our small businesses, family farms, and seniors,” she said. “I will always be a tenacious and compassionate advocate for our region in Congress.” 

Election results are considered unofficial until all votes, including absentee ballots, are tallied.

Photos of State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C), as he awaits results at Republican headquarters Tuesday evening at Terry Hills in Batavia. Photos by Howard Owens.

October 31, 2022 - 3:19pm
posted by Press Release in Elections, news.

Press release:

Just a reminder to voters about Early Voting times and locations.

There are nine days of early voting beginning Oct. 29 thru November 6 at the ARC Community Center, 38 Woodrow Rd., Batavia.

The schedule:

  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, noon to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, noon to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The poll site is accessible.

Call the Genesee County Board of Elections with any questions or concerns -- (585) 815-7804.

 

October 4, 2022 - 2:22pm
posted by Press Release in Elections, news.

Press release:

November 8 General Election & Early Voting Information & Deadlines:

Early Voting There will be nine days of early voting beginning Oct. 29 through Nov. 6 at the ARC Community Center, 38 Woodrow Rd., Batavia.

The schedule is:

  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.— 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m.— 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.— 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, noon — 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, noon — 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.— 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.— 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.— 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m.— 5 p.m.

All polling sites will be open on Nov.r 8 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Check your poll-site at https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/ or call Genesee County Board of Elections at (585) 815-7804

Absentee Ballot Information Call the Board of Elections to request an absentee ballot or use the NY State Portal; https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/  The last day for the Board of Elections to receive an absentee ballot application is October 24th. Last day to apply in person is November 7th and ballot must be received at the poll site or Board of Elections no later than 9:00 PM on November 8th. Last day to postmark ballot is November 8th and must be received by Board of Election by November 15th. Military/Special Federal absentee ballots must be received by November 21st. Reminder, flip ballot over for proposition(s).

Registration Deadlines October 14th is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 8 General Election and the last day to receive a registration form is Oct. 19. Registration forms can be found here; https://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/elections/index.php
If there is a change of address it must be received and will be processed by Oct. 19.

June 20, 2022 - 1:25pm
posted by Press Release in Elections, news.

Press release:

The Genesee County Board of Elections is seeking responsible individuals to work election days and early voting days.

Individuals must be at least 17 years old to be a poll worker and be a registered voter and resident of Genesee County.  Individuals also are required to attend a two-and-half-hour paid training session. Candidates are appointed to a one-year term. Positions include Election Day Coordinators and Inspectors and Early Voting Coordinators and Inspectors. Poll workers are paid a competitive daily rate.

“Due to a number of reasons, including in-person early voting, the COVID pandemic, poll workers who have retired, etc. Genesee County is in need of new poll workers to help set up polling places and to welcome and check-in voters,” said BOE Commissioner Lorie Longhany.  Commissioner Dick Siebert added, “Most importantly we need responsible workers who can ensure that voters are processed in a fair and efficient manner according to election law.”

Those interested in being a poll worker should call Genesee County Board of Elections at 585-815-7804 or email www.election.co.genesee.ny.us.

 

June 10, 2022 - 3:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Elections.
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The Genesee County Election Commission has released a new video in advance of the June gubernatorial primary.

May 26, 2022 - 1:53pm
posted by Press Release in Elections, news.

Press release:

June 28 Primary Election Information and Deadlines;

On June 28, there will be a primary election for Governor in both the Republican and Democratic parties. There will also be a primary election contest for Lt. Governor just on the Democratic line. Only Republicans and Democrats are eligible to participate, as NY State is a closed primary state.

Early Voting There will be nine days of early voting beginning June 18 – June 26 at the ARC Community Center, 38 Woodrow Rd., Batavia, NY 14020. Schedule as follows:

Saturday, June 18            9:00 AM—5:00 PM
Sunday, June 19               9:00 AM—5:00 PM
Monday, June 20              9:00 AM—5:00 PM
Tuesday, June 21            12:00 PM—8:00 PM
Wednesday, June 22      12:00 PM—8:00 PM
Thursday, June 23            9:00 AM—5:00 PM
Friday, June 24                 9:00 AM—5:00 PM
Saturday, June 25             9:00 AM—5:00 PM
Sunday, June 26               9:00 AM—5:00 PM

All polling sites will be open on June 28th from 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Check your poll-site at
https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/ 

or call Genesee County Board of Elections at (585) 815-7804

Absentee Ballot Information Call the Board of Elections to request an absentee ballot or use the NY State Portal; https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/. The last day for the Board of Elections to receive an absentee ballot application is June 13. The last day to apply in person is June 27, and the ballot must be received at the poll site or Board of Elections no later than 9:00 p.m. on June 28. The last day to postmark the ballot is June 28, and the Board of Election must receive it by July 5.

Registration Deadlines June 3rd is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the June 28 primary election. Registration forms can be found here; https://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/elections/index.php.

If you have any questions, requests for registration forms, or absentee applications, please call Genesee County Board of Elections at (585) 815-7804 or visit our website -  https://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/elections/index.php.

Election Workers, Please call the Board of Elections if you are interested in serving as an election worker. Paid training and competitive compensation are included in these crucial positions.

April 8, 2022 - 3:22pm
posted by Press Release in Board of Elections, Elections, news.

Press release:

The Genesee County Board of Elections is looking for poll workers, table inspectors, and coordinators for the November 8th General Election and Early Voting beginning October 29th.  The positions pay commensurate per diem rates. There is a paid training, which takes place on several dates in late summer – dates to be announced.  Candidates will have a year-to-year appointment and must complete the training annually.

If you are civic-minded and interested in serving your community and earning extra money, please call 585 815-7804. Per NY State election law, we can only accept enrolled voters from the two major parties – Republican and Democrat. The Board of Elections works with equal teams of bi-partisan employees.

Must have transportation.

February 8, 2022 - 4:32pm
posted by Press Release in Elections, news.

Press release:

A change of Party enrollment must be received at the Board of Elections, County Building #1, 15 Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 no later than February 14, 2022 to be effective immediately.

Any change of enrollment made between February 15 - July 5th shall be effective on July 5th.

Registration forms can be found at the Genesee County BOE website; https://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/elections/index.php , in most public offices or at the Board of Elections office.

To be eligible to vote in a Party Primary, a voter must be registered with the Party holding the Primary election.

June 22, 2021 - 10:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GOP, Elections, news, Stafford, byron, Bethany.

Town of Bethany Justice – Vote for any Two (Republican)

  • Peggy Johnson -- 23
  • Nichole Szymkowiak -- 37
  • Christopher Hausfelder -- 27
  • Jeff Wolak -- 58
  • Joseph Nowakowski -- 63

Town of Byron Supervisor – Vote for One (Republican)

  • Gerald L. Heins -- 78
  • Peter N. Yasses -- 82

Town of Stafford Clerk – Vote for One (Republican)

  • Julie Scheuerlein -- 33 
  • Barbara L. Radley -- 181
July 10, 2020 - 1:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in NY-27, 61st senate district, news, Elections.

CORRECTION 7:27 p.m.: We published the wrong tally of votes for NY-27 district special election candidate Duane Whitmer. It is 159, not 1,059. The Batavian regrets the error.

Unofficial ballot counts are done for Genesee County in the Democratic primary for the 61st State Senate and the NY-27 special election, according to Lorie Longhany, Democratic commissioner for the Board of Elections.

In the primary:

  • Kim Smith: 1,083
  • Joan Seamans: 796
  • Jacqualine Berger: 769

In the NY-27 special election:

  • Chris Jacobs: 6,127
  • Nate McMurray: 3,848
  • Duane Whitmer: 1,059  159
  • Michael Gammariello: 71
  • Write-ins for Beth Parlato: 188

The count of the NY-27 GOP primary has not yet been completed.

Longhany said that count along with official results should be released on Monday.

July 9, 2020 - 1:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Elections, NY-27, news, Chris Jacobs, Nate McMurray, Jacqualine Berger.

Not all the votes are counted yet -- delayed by the massive number of mail-in ballots filed -- but some candidates from the June 23 election are sounding confident of the outcome.

Chris Jacobs seems to believe he's won the NY-27 while Nate McMurray seems sure he's lost and Jacqualine Berger has declared victory in the Democratic primary for the 61st State Senate District.

Richard Siebert, the Republican commissioner for the Genesee County Board of Elections, said it will be 24 to 48 hours before local unofficial results will be released.

That said, based on what he's seen so far, it looks like McMurray will have 400 more votes locally from mail-in ballots than Jacobs in the special election to fill the unexpired term of convicted criminal Chris Collins. 

Siebert believes McMurray won every precinct in the City of Batavia.

Still, that won't be enough for McMurray to close the gap on in-person voting on June 23, when McMurray polled only 1,565 votes in Genesee County to 4,536 to Jacobs.

Results also aren't released yet for other counties but the campaigns typically have poll watchers in place during vote counting so they have some idea what to expect when tallies are released.

Last night, Jacobs released this statement:

"With the counting completed today and the outcome reaffirmed, I’m eager to get to work for the people of Western New York as their representative in Congress. I care deeply about this community and I will do all I can to serve it with honesty and integrity. I would also like to personally thank each Board of Election member and employee who worked tirelessly throughout this process and the entire election season. Conducting an election under these circumstances was challenging for all involved and I appreciate the sacrifices made.”

McMurray has not released a statement but he did tweet about the election outcome.

In the State Senate primary, Democrat Jan Berger released this statement:

Educator Jacqualine Berger has declared victory in the Democratic Primary Election to run for the New York State Senate seat vacated by longtime Republican State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer. Berger was victorious against Kim Smith, formerly of the Monroe County Department of Public Health, and Joan Elizabeth Seamans, a small-business owner. 

The race was too-close-to-call on the night of the election. After all the votes were tallied, Berger edged Smith by 141 votes. Berger received 9,246 votes (39%), while Smith earned 9,105 (38%) and Seamans received 5,475 votes (23%).  

“I am honored to have won this close election against two outstanding candidates. I congratulate both of my opponents for running strong campaigns under challenging circumstances,” said State Senate candidate Jacqualine Berger. “I am looking forward to the general election campaign, where we can work together to give the district the representation it deserves.”

Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner said, “We endorsed Jacqualine Berger because she understands the needs of the 61st State Senate district. I am proud of her victory in the Primary Election and look forward to supporting her this fall. The Democratic Party is united like never before, and ready to take on the Republican extremists.”   

Jacqualine Berger is the Deputy Supervisor in the Town of Amherst and an educator at Empire State College. Berger has a master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Tulane University. She is a lifelong advocate for individuals with special needs, running a local Challenger Baseball program for children and adults with disabilities since 1991. In 2019, Empire State College awarded Berger the Altes Prize for Exemplary Community Service.

Berger will face politician Ed Rath in the election this fall.

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