By STEVE BUCHIERE email@example.com
Mar 31, 2021
CANANDAIGUA — With the town’s supervisor opting not to run for a second term, its deputy supervisor is now vying for the seat.
Jared Simpson announced Monday that he plans to run for town supervisor.
Current Supervisor Cathy Menikotz, citing personal and family reasons, decided not to run for reelection.
“I am grateful for Cathy’s leadership and guidance,” said Simpson, who on Saturday was unanimously nominated by the Town Republican Nominating Committee to fill Menikotz’s spot on the ballot. “It has been a pleasure to work with her for the past year, and I look forward to working with her for the remainder of her term.”
According to the Republican Committee, Simpson was elected to the Town Board in 2019. The committee said he is leader of the town’s Environmental Conservation Board and also has re-written the town’s Code of Ethics, clearing the way for a permanent Board of Ethics to “help ensure the integrity of town government.”
Simpson is a teacher in the City School District, where he has served 22 years. He teaches government, U.S. history and global studies. He also is a football and girls lacrosse coach in Canandaigua.
Simpson said he is excited for the chance to serve the rapidly growing town as supervisor.
“Sometimes unexpected opportunities arise,” said Simpson, a lifelong resident of the town. “Now is the right time to do the right thing for the residents of the town of Canandaigua and run. I look forward to representing each and every taxpayer in this great community, and continuing to do what I enjoy most — working for the residents of the town of Canandaigua. As supervisor, my focus will be on ensuring that town government listens to taxpayers and uses our tax dollars wisely.”
Simpson and his wife, Kellie, have four children.
From Senator Helming's Senate website:
On January 11, I spoke on the Senate floor asking my colleagues to end the Governor's emergency powers and restore the State Legislature's role as a co-equal branch of government. The Legislature should have a say in the critical decisions that are being made that affect New York's small businesses, our children and families, and our seniors. We must put our constituents first and do the work they elected us to do.
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Meet the new Assemblyman from the 131st Legislative District, Jeff Gallahan!
Jeff Gallahan was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 3, 2020. His district is comprised of Ontario County and parts of Seneca County.
Jeff believes that his real-world experience will be beneficial to the people of his district and throughout New York. He is a believer in the “American Dream” and has raised his children to be hard-working while leading by example. As an Assemblyman, Jeff will fight to hold the line on taxes and push for an end to recently enacted bail reform measures. He believes this is a critical time in history when it comes to police and community relations, and we must ensure law enforcement has all the tools necessary to keep our communities safe. Jeff is committed to standing up for middle-class values, small businesses and our important agricultural community.
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By Dan Clark
• Published on July 2, 2020
State Sen. Pamela Helming, a Republican from the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, has been chosen to lead the campaign efforts of Republicans running this year for State Senate, which is currently controlled by Democrats.
Helming is the second woman, ever, to hold the position, which was previously held by former State Sen. Cathy Young in 2018 before she left office.
“There’s a clear choice between the Senate Democrats’ radical vision of bail reform or victims’ rights, of defunding the police or public safety, and of raising taxes or creating an environment where small businesses can thrive,” Helming said.
Senate Minority Leader Robert Ortt, R-Niagara, said their goal from now through November is to convince voters that having Democrats in control of both the Legislature and governor’s office disenfranchises individuals who don’t agree with their priorities.
“There’s no one better to deliver the message about the destructive policies of One Party Rule than Senator Helming,” Ortt said. “Together, we will fundraise and forge ahead to November to flip the Senate red. We must restore balance and common sense to the Legislature.”
The pick is the first of several expected by Ortt in the coming months as he settles into his new role. He was chosen in June to lead the Senate Republican Conference after former Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan announced his retirement.
Helming replaces state Sen. Fred Akshar, R-Broome, as head of the SRCC. Ortt hasn’t yet announced his choice for deputy minority leader, a position currently held by state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Oneida.
Published: 02/14/2020 @ 08:09 pm by fingerlakes1.com
– By Josh Durso
Manchester Town Supervisor Jeff Gallahan, a Republican, has entered the race for New York State Assembly in the 131st District.
Earlier this week, longtime Assemblyman Brian Kolb announced that he would not seek re-election.
Gallahan has been active in the community, and local politics for decades. He owns CR7 Catering & Food with his wife Lynn, and has worked in sales for the last 30 years.
He’s also served on a number of community boards and organizations including the Clifton Springs YMCA, Ontario County SCOPE.
Gallahan is seeking the support and endorsement of the Republican, Conservative, and Independence parties.
“Over the last year we have seen the consequences of one party, progressive control over our state government. From bail reform to bag bans, Cuomo and the Albany progressives are failing us. It’s time to stand up for upstate and I look forward to fighting side by side with Senator Helming for the values we share,” said Gallahan in a press release late-Friday. “Out of touch politicians are turning the Empire State into an empty state. It’s time to start New York’s comeback and that begins with sending new people with real world experience to Albany.”
Those supporting Gallahan’s candidacy in the 131st include:
· Senator Pam Helming (54th District)
· Jack Marren, Chairman, Ontario County Board of Supervisors
· Matt Hoose, Ontario County Clerk
· Gary Baxter, Ontario County Treasurer
· Peter Ingalsbe, Farmington Town Supervisor
· Todd Campbell, West Bloomfield Town Supervisor
· Frederick Lightfoote, Gorham Town Supervisor
· Frederick Wille, East Bloomfield Town Supervisor
· Tamara Hicks, Naples Town Supervisor
· Gregory Bendzlowicz, City of Geneva Supervisor
· Cathy Menikotz, Canandaigua Town Supervisor
· Kris Singer, Canadice Town Supervisor
· Norman Teed, Phelps Town Supervisor
· Chris Catt, First Vice Chairman, Ontario County Republican Committee and Victor Town Chairman
· Bonnie Lew, Chairwoman, Town of Farmington Republican Committee
· Yvonne Chavez, Chairwoman, Town of Canandaigua Republican Committee
· Jeff Trickey, Chairman, Town of Hopewell Republican Committee
· Tim Maher, Chairman, Ontario County SCOPE
· John Hicks, former County Administrator and former DEC Regional Director
Senator Helming outlined her support for Gallahan. “He is someone who truly cares about the people he represents. As a father, grandfather and small business owner he understands the important issues and challenges we face. He will be a great partner in our fight to preserve and protect upstate values,” she said. “Jeff is a leader who builds consensus and gets the job done. We need more people like him in Albany and I look forward to working with him when he is elected.”
Meanwhile, Chairman Marren said Gallahan has been a staunch supporter of taxpayers in Ontario County. “He knows what it means to truly be a servant leader. He is respected by those who have the privilege to work with him every day. He is a leader, not a career politician. We can count on him to fight for the issues we can about in Albany,” he said.
That makes for two known candidates in the race to succeed Assemblyman Kolb. Democrat Matt Miller has been campaigning for the last several months.
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Rochester Business Journal
By: Diana Louise Carter, April 25, 2019
Pamela Helming is known for doing her homework.
The state senator representing the 54th District- which spreads from Webster in the west past Fair Haven, Cayuga County, in the east to the town of Lansing, Tompkins County in the south- has been known to consult a tablet in the middle of a legislative debate to buttress her argument.
Victor Town Supervisor Jack Marren, who is the chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors, one threatened to cut off internet access during board meetings so Helming – then the supervisor of the town of Canandaigua- couldn’t “stump the supervisor” with the contemporaneous research she was obtaining with her tablet.
Now in her third year and second term as a state senator, the Republican Helming can-without consulting her notes or staff- tell a visitor where the Waterloo Girls’ cross-country team stands in sectional, regional and state competitions. A former cross-country athlete herself, Helming took pleasure in recognizing the championship team one recent morning.
Before she ran against a Democratic incumbent for the position of Canandaigua town supervisor some years ago, the then town board member asked local political parties for time to speak with them about their concerns.
“I sent a letter to every political party involved in the town of Canandaigua,” she recalled. She was working without a tablet at that time, having lost her company-owned tablet, laptop, smart phone and car when she was laid off as an environmental compliance manager from a landfill-operating waste company. So she made a daily habit of walking four miles from her home outside the city of Canandaigua to the Wood Library downtown for the computers and printers.
The Republicans, Democratic, Independent and Conservative parties all endorsed her.
“I beat a Democrat on his own line,” said Helming with a note of pride in her voice.
Helming, who comes from the Midwest but has lived in Canandaigua for more than 35 years, first became active in public affairs after her daughter was born in 1990; becoming a mother made her focus on the future of the environment. At the time, development of Canandaigua Lake was becoming a much-discussed environmental issue, she recalled. She found a seat on the zoning board of appeals and then moved up to town board.
“I never had a plan laid out,” Heling said about her political career during an interview in her downtown Geneva district office.
As a town supervisor she worked to make town government more transparent, creating a community newsletter and putting information on the town’s website where people could see it without having to visit town hall. She pushed for a greenway plan for the town, trying to balance environmental concerns while encouraging economic development.
Similarly, she had no designs on running for state office, even after longtime state Sen. Michael Nozzolio announced he would not run for re-election in 2016.
In fact, instead of making political plans, she went on vacation with her husband, Gary, who sells snow-making equipment for ski areas. Helming wasn’t answering her cellphone, so two people who had worked with her and for the Ontario County Republican Party ended up calling Gary Helming to get Pam on the line so they could try to persuade her to run.
Both Kristine Singer and Doug Finch had been hired by Helming to work for the town. Singer, who worked in bookkeeping for Canandaigua, is town supervisor for Canadice. Finch is town manager for Canandaigua.
“We got to see how dedicated she was to her constituents. And she took a very personal, active role in everything that was coming before her,” Singer said. “Pretty much anything that came before her, she did her homework, she dug into it and… she didn’t just pass it off to staff to do.”
Helming didn’t go for the idea at first, Singer recalled. “She thought we were nuts.”
But Singer and Finch felt she was better than anyone else running. “We know nobody can push her around,” Singer said. “She’s not easily influenced.”
Helming said recently she had a hard time thinking of herself in the same category as Nozzolio, with his Ivy League education. Nozzolio holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University and a law degree from Syracuse University.
“I’m the first person in my family to go to college,” Helming said.
“She’d be the first to say she used to be a little shy in front of a microphone,” Marren said. At an appreciation event she emceed recently, she laughed at herself for repeatedly breaking a promise to her staff that she would not hug everyone who came forward for a certificate, as well as all their family members.
Marren added that she relates to people genuinely and compassionately, which serves her well as a senator.
Away from the mic, Helming is a problem solver. She brings to bear her experiences from working in direct care right out of college, to marketing for care agencies, to working in environmental compliance for a multi-state corporation, to more than a decade in municipal government.
“I don’t think the public realizes how much case work” is involved in government, Helming said. “I’m able to help a lot of people solve problems.”
Marren said her experience at the town level really helps her in her newer role of state representative.
“Those are pretty big shoes to fill,” Marren said. “Not to disrespect Sen. Nozzolio. He had his ways. Supervisor Helming has filled those shoes and she’s done it in a whole different way.”
The environment is still a key issue for Helming and played a role in her deciding to run for Nozzolio’s former seat. The district includes four Finger Lakes and the shoreline of Lake Ontario.
“I was concerned our lakes wouldn’t get the attention we need,” she said.
Singer said Helming was instrumental in getting state funding to combat algal blooms in the Finger Lakes, including Honeoye Lake. Though Canadice isn’t in the 54thdistrict, it benefitted from the legislation Helming promoted.
Helming’s was also one of the louder voices opposing the creation of a waste-fueled power plant in Romulus at the former Seneca Army Depot, a project that appears stalled now because of the passage of legislation that would prevent such an incinerator in the Finger Lakes watershed. Helming co-sponsored the legislation.
She said she hopes Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has supported banning the project, will visit the
Finger Lakes to sign the legislation into law.
“I encourage him to sign it here, where all the people who’ve been a part of it can see him,” Helming said. “Grassroots efforts can and do make a difference.”
On other issues, though, Helming is critical of the governor’s stances, particularly his penchant for creating policy by way of budget funding. Though the proverbial “three men in a room” making decisions for the state (the governor and legislative branch leaders) is now two men and a woman, she notes: “That excludes hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and those of us who represent them.”
A gun owner herself, Helming is opposed to the Safe Act gun control law Cuomo enacted several years ago. She also supports lowering taxes in the state.
Helming began her work as a senator by methodically doing her homework once again. In her first two years, she held 30 town hall meetings all over the district. And she introduced more legislation than any other member of her freshman Senate class, she said. “A lot of it came out of the town hall meetings.”
Like many upstate office holders, Helming feels the region does not get the attention it needs or deserves. She points to roads and bridges that fail to earn state transportation dollars for needed repairs, and the lack of sufficient broadband service in rural areas.
“There are so many areas that have sketchy service,” she said. While many people seek internet service at local libraries, Helming notes that there’s even a library in southern Cayuga County that doesn’t have reliable service.
Such issues form the backbone of the 54th District and Helming’s role in the Senate. “I’m the spokesperson for our rural communities in central New York,” Helming said.
During her initial year in the Senate, Helming kept the office in Seneca Falls that Nozzolio, a native of Seneca Falls, had used. Then she moved it to Exchange Street in Geneva to be more centrally located, to take part in the renaissance of downtown Geneva, and to be closer to conveniences. She holds business meetings in a nearby Lyons National Bank office, she said, and larger gatherings in the new state visitor’s center on the edge of Seneca Lake, she noted.
The office also happens to be about 10 miles closer to her home. She has a satellite office in Wayne County.
These are terribly negative political times, Helming said. And in reaction, she’s become a one-woman band of positivity.
“I have made a real attempt to highlight and spotlight positive things happening in the 54thSenate District,” she said. Her schedule, when she’s in the district, is filled nearly daily with recognition events, like greeting the cross-country runners and a classmate who won a wrestling championship. She has established regular recognitions for veterans in her district, too.
At each event with youngsters, as she did with the Waterloo athletes, Helming makes sure to ask the young people if they’ve ever considered a life in government. She usually gets a negative answer, but then she tells the teenagers how such work is a job for people who like to help people.
Later on the day she met with the runners, Helming would champion not one woman of distinction for her senate district, but all 25 nominees for that title with a reception at Ventosa Winery on the east side of Seneca Lake. The event drew about 200 people, giving attention to women who quietly go about their business, as Helming said, and might not otherwise get recognized.
If there’s any doubt that women sometimes lack the recognition and status they’re due, consider this: Helming represents the senate district that includes the place where the women’s rights movement was born in 1848. And yet 168 years later, she became the first woman to hold that seat.
Link to the article: https://rbj.net/2019/04/25/helming-focuses-on-the-positive-face-of-government/
Pamela Helming - State Senator, 54th District
Judge Craig J. Doran swearing in newly-elected Canandaigua Town Supervisor Catherine Walsh Menikotz in a ceremony on January 1, 2019. Her husband, Michael and daughter Jennifer stood beside her as she is taking the Oath of Office.
Pamela Helming takes the oath of office after winning a second term in the NYS Senate in a ceremony held in Canandaigua, NY. Pam is accompanied by her husband, Gary, with Judge Craig J. Doran presiding.
To the Editor:
Evaluating a candidate for office takes careful research and consideration of their qualifications. I want to speak on behalf of my late husband, Josh Shaver, and me.
My life was shattered when Josh passed away over a year ago. I don’t know what I would have done without the caring, love and support of this community. I am sorry to read the negative comments about Kitty Karle that have been escalating as the primary draws near. Negativity is not who we are as a community.
Trying to discredit Kitty personally and professionally draws away from evaluating the qualifications of both candidates. We need a strong individual who has been on both sides as a prosecutor and defense attorney, and who has worked with the most serious criminal cases. This is Kitty Karle.
Josh knew and believed in Kitty, and he would want me to share this. He was very vocal about his support for her. She has been a caring figure in our lives since he passed away. She is honest, loving, empathetic and just truly cares. It shows in everything she does.
I choose to support the clean campaign being run on her qualifications and experience. Please join me in voting for Kitty in the Sept. 13 primary.
Canandaigua (Daily Messenger - August 21, 2018)
To the Editor:
Kitty Karle is running for Ontario County judge. She is the most ethical, experienced, tenacious and knowledgeable attorney I know. I know this because I have worked side by side with her for almost two decades as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney.
While at the District Attorney's Office, I observed first-hand her remarkable trial advocacy skills, her commitment to crime victims and her leadership skills. Prosecutors in the office would often watch her trials because of her tenacity and trial skills. Her compassion and advocacy for children are second to none.
When an appellate court reviews a conviction and finds that a prosecutor made a mistake, it is called "prosecutorial misconduct." In the thousands of cases that Kitty prosecuted, on three occasions the appellate court gave her direction and admonition about her advocacy in child sexual abuse cases.
The appellate court admonished her because she said a child had the "courage of a giant" and that a sexual predator "groomed" his victim. These statements were deemed too harsh by the appellate division and were the "prosecutorial misconduct" that her opponent is referencing. Kitty has learned from the appellate division's comments and is more prepared for the bench as a result.
In the heat of battle, one's armor sometimes gets dinged. This is true of attorneys, especially prosecutors, who spend their professional lives advocating for crime victims. Kitty's opponent's armor has never been dinged because he has never gone to trial on a criminal or family court case. He has repeatedly admitted that he has NO TRIAL EXPERIENCE.
Kitty, on the other hand, has conducted over 80 felony jury and bench trials, including multiple murder trials. Kitty is the only candidate qualified to be on the bench because of her vast knowledge and experience as a trial attorney. She has learned, honed her skills through trials and tribulations and become a successful trial attorney. Her opponent, on the other hand, has been sitting safely on the sidelines for two decades.
STEFANIE BARNES, ESQ. Canandaigua (Finger Lakes Times - Aug 19, 2018)
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Mar 15, 2018
The Town of Canandaigua Republican Committee is pleased to announce that it has voted to endorse Silvio Palermo (R) for the office of Ontario County Sheriff. The committee’s decision was based on thorough candidate interviews, and the committee expresses its gratitude to all of the candidates it interviewed. The office of Ontario County Sheriff is an elected position that carries a four year term.
The Town of Canandaigua Republican Committee is pleased to announce that it has voted to endorse Kristina “Kitty” Karle (R) for the office of Ontario County Court Judge. The committee’s decision was based on thorough candidate interviews, and the committee expresses its gratitude to all of the candidates it interviewed. The office of Ontario County Court Judge is an elected position that carries a ten year term.
The Primary Election will be held on Thursday September 13th, and the General Election will be held on Tuesday November 6th.
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Posted Mar 3, 2018 Updated Mar 3, 2018
Nearly two months after opting not to enter the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro told a group of GOP chairs Friday that he is running for governor.
Molinaro declared his candidacy at an event in Saratoga Springs. Republican leaders gathered there to nominate Chele Farley to challenge U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
A formal announcement hasn't been made by Molinaro's campaign, but Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey confirmed the Dutchess County executive and former state assemblyman is in the race.
"He came into the room and announced 'I am a candidate for governor'," Dadey said in a phone interview after Friday's convention.
With Molinaro's entry, there are now three Republicans in the field. The others are state Sen. John DeFrancisco and attorney Joe Holland.
A straw poll was held at the GOP convention. Molinaro won with 55 votes. DeFrancisco, R-DeWitt, finished second with 23 votes. Holland received five votes.
However, Dadey noted that several counties did not have representation at the convention. He said some of the larger counties weren't present for the convention or the straw poll.
There are more than 450 people on the state GOP committee and there were 83 votes cast in the straw poll, which means that less 20 percent of the party's leadership cast votes.
Molinaro's entry could shake up a race for the Republican nomination that appeared to be DeFrancisco's to lose.
Harry Wilson, a corporate restructuring expert who pledged to spend $10 million of his own money if he ran for governor, declined to run. Days after Wilson's announcement, Molinaro said he wouldn't be a candidate for governor.
At the time, Molinaro cited personal reasons for the decision.
With Molinaro and Wilson out of the race, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb appeared to have the inside track to the nomination. He was securing endorsements after declaring his candidacy in December. But he abruptly dropped out the race in February.
After Kolb's departure, DeFrancisco announced several endorsements from Republican and Conservative party leaders. But some Republicans weren't satisfied and wanted an alternative.
A "Draft Molinaro" campaign started to urge the Dutchess County Republican to reconsider his decision. He acknowledged that he was giving the race another look.
And then came his announcement on Friday to a room of Republican leaders that he was declaring his candidacy for governor.
The Republican convention will be held in May. That's when GOP committee members will choose a candidate for challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. If a primary is necessary, it will be held in September.
Marcus Molinaro has GOP leader"s backing for governor.
Marc Molinaro - New York State Governor Candidate
By Daily Messenger news partner, News 10NBC
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at 9:44 PM
State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue a state of emergency for areas affected by flooding while she was in Sodus Point on Saturday.
Helming additionally called on municipal leaders from the communities affected by flooding on Lake Ontario to issue a state of emergency. She also asked the state Department of Environmental Conservation for help.
Helming visited the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Wickham Boulevard in Sodus Point.
During her talk the former Canandaigua supervisor noted that some manhole covers are underwater, and said that if the water gets any higher there is a risk of overflow at the lift station. If this happens, Helming warned of a risk of raw sewage seeping into Lake Ontario.
Helming also was expected to visit businesses and homes along the lake shoreline that have had to contend with “unprecedented flooding.”
Pam Helming - NYS Senator 54th District
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