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Stafford Republican Committee seeks candidates

By Press Release

Press Release:

The Town of Stafford Republican Committee is seeking registered party members that are interested in receiving party endorsement for political office. The following offices will be elected on Nov. 7, 2023, in the general election.   All elected offices are four-year terms.

  • County Legislature for the Town of Stafford and Town of Batavia
  • Town of Stafford Supervisor
  • Town of Stafford Council, two vacancies
  • Town of Stafford Judge, two vacancies
  • Town of Stafford Republican committee, two vacancies for District One

Those interested in these positions should contact Stafford Republican Committee Chairwoman Mary Alice Panek, 6361 Thwing Road, LeRoy, NY, 14482, or email with a resume and letter of interest.  Please send information before Feb. 10, 2023.

Some contested races, a polling location change amidst the fervor of Election Day

By Joanne Beck


If you haven’t cast your vote yet, perhaps the upcoming Veterans Day can serve as inspiration for those not yet convinced that voting is a privilege thanks to the sacrifices of military service people.

So this is it folks, you have from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today to get it done.

Genesee County races
There’s one contested race in Genesee County, and that’s for Darien Town Justice. Democrat Michelle Krzemien is running against Republican David Overhoff for the position left vacant by retiring Justice Gary Graber. Other races are uncontested.

New York State
A step up the political ladder brings us to New York State Assembly, pitting incumbent Stephen Hawley (Republican,
Conservative) against challenger Jennifer Keys (D). Two candidates are vying for state senator, with Daniel Brown (D) versus George Borrello (R, C). State comptroller has Paul Rodriguez (R, C) squaring off with Thomas DiNapoli, on the Democrat and Working Families ticket.  Letitia James (D, WF) is running against Michael Henry (R, C) for state attorney general.

Incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul, also running on the Working Families ticket, is up for state governor, running against challenger Lee Zeldin (R, C), with Lieutenant Governor candidates Antonio Delgato versus Alison Esposito, respectively.

Senator, Congressperson
Up a notch from there will find three candidates for U.S. senator, including incumbent Charles Schumer (D, WF), Joe Pinion (R, C), and Diane Sare of the LaRouche party, a movement that originated within the radical leftist student politics of the 1960s, and named after the late Lyndon LaRouche. Steve Holden (D) is running against Claudia Tenney (R, C) for Congress representative.

Uncontested in City of Batavia
City Councilman-at-large Rich Richmond (R) is running unopposed to continue his unexpired seat when appointed to fill a gap left by Jeremy Karas when he left due to work conflicts. Likewise, Sixth Ward Councilwoman Tammy Schmidt is unopposed for her unexpired term after being appointed to fill the seat vacated by longtime Councilwoman Rosemary Christian.

A nod to Mother Nature
There is a proposition on the county ballot that stems from the state’s “Mother Nature” act — officially titled the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022. Voters will be asked to vote yes or no “To address and combat the impact of climate change and damage to the environment, the “Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022” authorizes the sale of state bonds up to four billion two hundred million dollars to fund environmental protection, natural restoration, resiliency, and clean energy projects."

County Manager Matt Landers is hoping that it will pass, as it "could result in funding opportunities for Phase 3 of the countywide water project,” he said.

Change of poll site
The Town of Batavia has announced a slight change in the polling location for District 12-03 voters. Voting will still take place at Genesee Community College, 1 College Road, Batavia. however, the site will be in the William W. Stuart Forum in the main college building versus at Richard C. Call Arena as originally scheduled.

The Forum is on the first floor of the Main Building at GCC. Signage and guidance from GCC officials will be put in place to help guide voters to the right location, organizers said. The parking lot in front of the Main Building will be reserved for voters.


Not sure about where to go?
This polling location and all others across the county will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Not sure where your polling site is located? Go HERE.

For more information, visit the 2022 Election  or call 585-815-7804.

File Photo of Election Night in 2018 by Howard Owens.

Independence Express offers free van rides for disabled voters to polling places Nov. 5

By Billie Owens

Press release:

One of the greatest privileges we have as American citizens is to vote for the elected leaders that we choose – but for many individuals with disabilities who wish to do so in person, getting to their polling place may be a challenge.

In Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans or Wyoming counties, Western New York Independent Living (WNYIL) can help!

Independence Express, the transportation branch of WNYIL, will provide van rides, free of charge, to people with disabilities who need one to vote on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 5th).

Independence Express has wheelchair-accessible vehicles for those with mobility challenges, and ambulatory people can get transportation, too. While we can’t help anyone up or down stairs, and they must rely on friends or relatives for that, we can take people to their voting place and then back home or to work, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., (except during drivers' lunch from 12 to 1 p.m.).  

If this is appealing, please email with “Election Day” in the subject, and provide this information:

  • The rider’s name;
  • Address;
  • Phone number;
  • If rider uses a wheelchair (or write "WC"), or if rider is ambulatory ("AMB");
  • The name and address of the polling place (i.e., Ascension Parish, 15 Sumner St., Batavia, NY 14020);
  • If anyone is going with them, such as a Personal Care Attendant (PCA).
  • [If more than one extra person or PCA, give the number of PCAs -- we can only take up to three people at one time];
  • The rider's first choice of the time to go to the polls.

Alternately, one may call Christian at 716-836-0822, ext. 108, to set up a ride. If there is high demand at times, requests will be honored on a "first-come, first-served" basis.  

Voting is your right – and we can help you exercise it!

The Western New York Independent Living Inc. family of agencies offer an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.

GC Democrats invite public to meet local candidates Saturday, celebrate first day of early voting

By Billie Owens

Press release:

The Genesee County Democratic Committee invites the community to celebrate early voting and meet their local candidates. 

On Saturday, Oct. 26th, the Genesee County Democratic Committee invites the community to celebrate early voting and meet their local candidates. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden. It is located at 117-123 W. Main St. in Batavia. 

“For the first time in history, voters in New York State have the opportunity to vote early, and it’s a really big deal,” said City of Batavia Democratic Chair, Erica Donnell. “Voting rights activists have been fighting for this for a very long time and now that we have a Democratic majority in Albany, we finally got the job done.

"The first day of early voting is October 26th so we felt that would be a great day for our candidates to get together with voters and celebrate this accomplishment.” 

For more information about early voting visit

Voters will also have the opportunity to meet some of the endorsed Democratic candidates running for office this year. 

Chair of the Genesee County Democrats and Darien Town Board Member Michael Plitt says, “National politics seem to suck all of the oxygen out of the room these days, but if you really want to participate in democracy, the local level is the place to do it.

"When I knock on doors I like talking to voters about the things in their community that matters to them and where their vote can really make a difference.”

Participating candidates include City Court Judge candidate Benjamin Bonarigo, Ward 3 City Council candidate Nick Russo, Ward 5 City Council candidate Sammy DiSalvo, Darien Town Board Member Plitt, and others. Light refreshments will be provided.

Here are the General Election registration and absentee deadlines for voters

By Billie Owens

From the Genesee County Board of Elections:

General Election Registration and Absentee Deadlines

Oct. 11 is the last day to register in person at the Genesee County Board of Elections, which is located on the third loor of County Building #1, 15 Main St., Batavia, for the Nov. 5 General Election.

If honorably discharged from the military or if you have become a naturalized citizen since Oct. 12, 2019, you may register in person at the Board of Elections up until Oct. 26, 2019.

Mail registration forms must be postmarked by Oct. 11,2019 and received at Board of Elections no later than Oct. 16, 2019

Applications for absentee ballots must be postmarked by Oct. 29, 2019.

Nov. 4, 2019 is the last day to apply in person at the Board of Elections for a General Election ballot.

Nov. 5, 2019 (Election Day) is the last day to deliver a local General Election ballot in person to the County Board of Elections, by close of polls (9 p.m.).

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