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October 29, 2019 - 12:21pm

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 [email protected] 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.

July 16, 2011 - 8:44pm

Judy Essig and her two daughters, Jenna and Nicole, were texting away in front of St. James Episcopal Church yesterday.

St. James is in the running for a Pepsi Refresh grant -- the same grant that Robert Morris and Byron-Bergen elementary schools won for the construction of new playgrounds earlier this year -- $50,000 each.

If the St. James community wins the grant, they will use the money for the restoration of the church's bell tower, a project that is still in its early phases.

Laurie Oltramari, president of the Landmark Society of Genesee County, said that the church is getting ready to choose a contractor, and that the Pepsi Refresh grant will fund masonry repairs, architectural and engineering fees, and promotion of the overall project.

Oltramari applied for the grant on behalf of the church out of a desire to preserve one of Batavia's most impressive landmarks. Built by Robert North in 1908, it is based on the Gothic architecture of churches North studied while living in England.

Unfortunately, the tower has been slowly deteriorating over the last 10 years due to water infiltration and very hard mortar in its structure. As you can see in pictures below, parts of the stonework have actually fallen off.

June 22, 2011 - 10:58am
posted by Genesee ARC News in Voting, Tops, contest, Genesee ARC.


Great American Charity Car Giveaway


Tops Friendly Markets has launched a Great American Charity Car Giveaway. Online voters will choose one local charity to receive a brand new vehicle valued at $20,000.  

Once all of the nominations are in, the public will vote to determine the top 10 deserving charities. A final round of voting will then take place and the charity with the most votes will win a new car courtesy of TOPS. The winning charity may choose to accept the $20,000 cash value of the car. All you need to do is vote online at:

http://www.topsmarkets.com/ or www.Facebook.com/TopsFriendlyMarkets

SEARCH FOR GENESEE ARC in the listing.

 You may vote once a day through July 7, 2011.  We are competing against 86 other organizations across the region.  Your vote is VERY IMPORTANT! The 10 charities that receive the most votes will go on to a second round of voting. A final round of voting will then take place and the charity with the most votes will win a new car courtesy of TOPS! The Winner will be announced on or around July 27, 2011. Please share this information with your family and friends!



through July 7, 2011




July 22, 2010 - 3:35pm
Event Date and Time: 
July 29, 2010 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Attention voters! There will be a demonstration of the new electronic voting machines, which will be used in the 2010 elections, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 in Pembroke Town Hall.

It is located at 1145 Main Road in Corfu.

(Note: this date was changed from the previously scheduled date of Wednesday, July 28 in Pembroke. The Genesee County Board of Elections apologizes for any inconvenience.)

July 22, 2010 - 3:25pm

There has been a change of date for the voter outreach program demonstrating how to use the new electronic voting machines which was scheduled on Wednesday, July 28.

It will still take place in Pembroke Town Hall, but the date has been changed to Thursday, July 29 instead. Hours are the same, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Pembroke Town Hall is located at 1145 Main Road in Corfu.

The Genesee County Board of Elections apologizes for any inconvenience.

July 22, 2010 - 3:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, events, Voting, genesee county board of elections.
Event Date and Time: 
July 26, 2010 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Attention voters! The Genesee County Board of Elections is demonstrating the new voting machines which will be used in the 2010 elections. There is a demonstration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 26, at the Office for the Aging. It is located at 2 Bank St. in the City of Batavia.

July 22, 2010 - 3:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, Voting, genesee county board of elections.
Event Date and Time: 
July 24, 2010 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Attention voters! The Genesee County Board of Elections is demonstrating the new voting machines which will be used in the 2010 elections. There is a demonstration from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the County Fairgrounds.

July 22, 2010 - 3:03pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, Voting, genesee county board of elections.
Event Date and Time: 
July 23, 2010 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Attention voters! The Genesee County Board of Elections is demonstrating the new voting machines which will be used in the 2010 elections. There is a demonstration from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 23, at the County Fairgrounds.

July 22, 2010 - 2:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, Voting, genesee county board of elections.
Event Date and Time: 
July 22, 2010 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Attention voters! The Genesee County Board of Elections is demonstrating the new voting machines which will be used in the 2010 elections. There is a demonstration from 4 to 9 p.m. today, July 22, at the County Fairgrounds.

October 30, 2009 - 1:24pm
posted by Chris Charvella in politics, Voting, genesee county legislature, Chris Charvella.

Dear Friends and Neighbors of the 8th District,

We are nearing the end of the campaign season and by Election Day I’ll have knocked on every door in the 8th District.  It has been a long and interesting road but meeting and talking with you has made it all worth the effort. 

Over the course of the campaign we have discussed balance, oversight and transparency as being the essential ingredients to an efficient and open government and it is plain to see how much you and I really believe in them.  So, today, I would like to put all of the campaign talking points and issues discussions aside and let you know what your vote means to me.

October 26, 2008 - 11:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in politics, Voting.

Jill Terreri writes in the D&C this morning that voters who decline to register with any political party is a growing part of the electorate and will help decide elections next month.

Registered voters who choose not to become a member of any political party are poised to decide the winner of this year's presidential contest between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, which will be decided Nov. 4. Precincts across the country are seeing an increase in their ranks, and both candidates are making appeals specifically to them.

"The candidate that wins an election is the one that connects with moderates and the middle class," said John P. Avlon, author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics. "Independent voters ... are the common-sense center in America."

Reports out of Connecticut and Fort Collins, Colo. show new voter registrations in both major parties this year were outpaced by voters who chose not to register in any party. And in such states as New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Colorado, Iowa, Alaska and New Hampshire, unaffiliated voters have outnumbered either Democrats or Republicans.

In the local congressional race, both campaigns say they're paying close attention to independent voters.

Locally, the unaffiliated voter's role is significant even in races in which one party has an enrollment advantage.

In the 26th Congressional District, which includes nine towns in western Monroe County, registered Republicans have a 9 percentage-point advantage over Democrats, constituting 41 percent of voters. But one out of every five voters is unaffiliated, according to enrollment statistics released earlier this year, giving those ranks the power to decide the winner.

"It's incredibly important to communicate to these people," said Nick Langworthy, who is running the campaign of Republican Chris Lee, of Clarence, Erie County, who is seeking to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Thomas Reynolds, also of Clarence. "If you just play to your base, you can't do it, not in the modern political era."

To appeal to these voters, Langworthy and his team try to send an appropriate message.

"We're talking about jobs and taxes," he said. "Those themes are strong with Republicans and independents."

On the Democratic side, candidate Alice Kryzan of Amherst, Erie County, has been reaching outside her party, stressing the economy and bringing accountability back to Washington, said her campaign manager, Anne Wadsworth.

So here's my question for Nick Longworthy: The Chris Lee campaign has been far more negative far longer than the Kryzan campaign. How do negative ads help you win independent votes?  As a decade-long independent, I know they sure do turn me off, and same for all my non-aligned friends.  Maybe that's why this race is now a toss up?

May 20, 2008 - 12:42pm
posted by Patrick D. Burk in Voting, Elections.

Here is hoping that you all get out and support your school districts today.  Across New York State it is School Voting Day with all district's putting  up Board Members, Budgets and Projects for Voter Approval.  I am looking forward to a very positive result.  I am convinced that the people in Genesee County really do support the education of our children.

In Batavia, two incumbent Board of Education Members are up for Re-Election.  Steve Hyde, who served one year on an unexpired term and Wayne Guenther who has served previously as well as the past three years, are both up for re-election.  Both are wonderful members who deserve your support.  They are thoughtful and they support kids.  They are two very fine members of this wonderful City of Batavia Board of Education that proves time and time again that they support the best of educational programs for all of our children.

We also need to carry the 60% threshold on the Technology Project.  This is on the ballot to enhance the District's current award winning technology program, increase security through technology and establish a wireless system that upgrades our current classroom capabilities.  This project will be paid with sources of revenue other than current tax revenue and state aid.  It also replaces the damaged work station at the Board of Education Office... with some help from our insurance company.

Also on the Ballot is the approval of the Student Representative on the Board of Education.  This is an important part of our local Board of Education and we have had some wonderful representatives on our Board.  It is my hope the Public will approve this once again. 

Last but certainly not least is the budget which reduces the taxes by 2% and maintains and in some cases enhances current programming.  I can tell you that it is a solid budget and well thought out.  I think it once again is very progressive in nature and insures that our positive educational system is maintained.  Your support is much appreciated.

Reminder that Pagent of Bands is this weekend in Batavia.  What a wonderful program for our city and our students.   Please also remember Ron Davies in your thoughts and prayers...what a wonderful teacher.... It saddens me to here of his passing as a result of a long fight with cancer.  My heartfelt sympathy to his family and his life partner.



May 7, 2008 - 9:36pm

The Young Democrats will continue its Voter Registration drive tommorow at Genesee Community College (in the forum).  If your 18, a citizen and aren't registered to vote (or have moved since you last registered) come on out now so you can register in time to vote in the general election.  Although the Democrats are sponsering the event, we will not discriminate our registration on the basis of desire to register as an Independent or a Republican....we just want to see as many people registered (and voting!) as possible!


I will be there all day tommorow, so if your aren't registered to vote, come on out!  And even if you are, come say hi, we always love the company.

May 2, 2008 - 7:12pm
posted by Daniel Jones in politics, Democrats, Young Democrats, Voting.

The Genesee County Young Democrats will be running a voter registration table at Genesee Community College (in the forum) on May 7th and 8th from Noon to 8pm.

There is still time to register to vote in the General Election, as Voter Registration forms typically take 30 days to process. For those already registered to vote, becoming registered or too young to be registered. as I was once involved but too young to vote myself, we will also have information on how to get involved in the Young Democrats and in the local political scene from the Democratic end.

However, even if your not interested in becoming actively involved in politics we will, regardless of party affiliation, help you become a registered voter none the less. See you on the 7th and 8th!

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