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Candidates jockey for ballot position in variety of primary races Tuesday

Posted 9/4/14

State, county and Rome contests will be decided in Tuesday’s primary balloting as candidates jockey for Conservative, Democratic, Republican and Working Families endorsements in the general …

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Candidates jockey for ballot position in variety of primary races Tuesday

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State, county and Rome contests will be decided in Tuesday’s primary balloting as candidates jockey for Conservative, Democratic, Republican and Working Families endorsements in the general election.

Voting is from noon to 9 p.m. Election Commissioners Rose Grimaldi and Russell Stewart said all 82 polling locations around Oneida County will be open, with no changes from last year. While all voting sites will be up and running with the regular election inspectors and site coordinators, voter turnout for primaries is usually low.

By the numbers, there are 48,375 registered Republicans and 43,957 Democrats in the county, according to numbers compiled April 1. There are 1,976 members of the Working Families party. Although there are no Independence primaries, the party has 7,335 members countywide. 

Governor/lieutenant governor

At the top of next week’s ballot, heavily favored Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo faces a challenge from Fordham University law professor Zephyr R. Teachout and comedian and drug law critic Randy A. Credico for the Democratic nomination. 

The winner will face Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins in the Nov. 4 general election.

The Democratic primary race for lieutenant governor is between former Buffalo Congresswoman Kathy Hochul and Tim Wu, a Columbia University professor. The winner will face Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss and Green Party candidate Brian P. Jones in November.

State Assembly

In two state Assembly districts that include parts of Oneida County, the incumbents face intraparty contests.

In the 101st, Republican Claudia Tenney, New Hartford, is being challenged by Herkimer County Sheriff Christopher P. Farber for the GOP endorsement.

Both candidates will be on the November ballot regardless of Tuesday’s outcome. Tenney, a lawyer who lost a congressional primary this year, also has the Conservative endorsement while Farber has the Independence Party’s backing. There is no Democratic candidate.

This district includes two towns in the county, New Hartford and Paris.

In the 121st, William D. Magee, a 24-year veteran in the Assembly from Madison County, faces Michael J. Hennessy, a Sherrill city commissioner and former Oneida County legislator, for the Democratic line.

The winner will face Republican Brookfield Town Supervisor John Salka in the general election. He’s also on the Conservative line.

The district takes in the Oneida County towns of Vernon, Augusta, Marshall, Sangerfield and Bridgewater, and city of Sherrill.

County Family Court

Four people are running for the newly created county Family Court judgeship in four countywide primaries.

Seeking the Democratic endorsement are: Dawn Catera Lupi and Karen Stanislaus.

Julia Brouillette and John Dillon are running for the Republican line.

Vying for the Conservative endorsement are Brouillette and Lupi.

Lupi and Stanislaus are squaring off for the Working Families line.

Brouillette, a family court attorney referee, was endorsed by the county Republican Committee. 

Dillon is a private attorney. He is a former corporation counsel for Utica.

Lupi, a first assistant district attorney in the county, is the endorsed candidate of the county Democratic Committee.

Stanislaus is law clerk to Family Court Judge James R. Griffith. She also submitted petitions to the county Board of Elections for the Independence and Green party lines.

There currently are three judges.

Rome City Court

In Rome, the same two candidates are running in three primaries for City Court judge. Incumbent Gregory J. Amoroso and lawyer Joseph A. Mellace are seeking the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.

In addition, Mellace has the Democratic endorsement.

Voting sites

A list of polling locations countywide is available at www.ocgov.net/election. The Board of Elections can be reached at 798-5761 or 798-5763.

Rome polling locations are:

Ward 1:

• All districts vote at Harry Pinti Field Clubhouse, 200 Sixth St. 

Ward 2:

• District 1 votes at Stanwix Heights Fire Station, Stanwix Heights.

• Districts 2 and 3 vote at the South Rome Senior Center, 112 Ridge St.

Ward 3:

• Districts 1 and 2 vote on the second floor at City Hall, 498 N. Washington St.

• District 3 votes on the first floor of City Hall.

• District 4 votes at South Rome Senior Center.

• District 5 votes at Colonial Apartments, 310 Cottage St.

Ward 4:

• Districts 1 though 4 vote at Kennedy Civic Arena, 500 W. Embargo St.

• District 5 votes on the first floor of City Hall.

Ward 5:

• District 1 votes at William A. Valentine Apartments, 152 Turin St.

• Districts 2 through 4 vote at the YMCA, 301 Bloomfield St. 

Ward 6:

• Districts 1 and 4 vote at Grace Baptist Church, 8553 Turin Road.

• Districts 2, 3 and 5 vote at St. Paul’s Parish Hall, 1807 Bedford St.

Ward 7: 

• Districts 1 through 3 vote at Ava Dorfman Senior Citizen Center, 305 E. Locust St.

• District 4 votes at Rome Towers, 1625 Black River Blvd.

• District 5 votes at the YMCA.

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