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Apple will start selling its new iPhones and Apple Watch models on September 21, and also on that day, the company will move into a much larger store at Eastview. 

Mall general manager Mike Kauffman says Apple will be moving just a couple of doors down, in the same wing at Eastview.

“They’re more than doubling their size, I think a lot of it really is geared toward improving the customer experience, giving people a little bit more room when they walk in, having more sales people or customer service people to assist.”

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The organization is called Common Ground Solutions, founded by Howard Konar.

His group, along with another non-partisan organization, Voice of the People, hosted a gathering at the offices of the Democrat and Chronicle on Saturday, in a session sponsored by the Voice of the Voter collaborative, which includes the D & C, WXXI, 13WHAM TV and WDKX Radio.

Among the primaries in Ontario County Thursday was one for County Court Judge.

Kitty Karle, the former Monroe County prosecutor, won the Republican and Reform Party primaries, defeating Russ Kenyon.

In a Republican primary for Ontario County Sheriff, Silvio Palermo, who is currently with the Gates Police Department, defeated Bob Green, the Bristol Town Supervisor who previously served in the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department. Palermo will face Democrat Kevin Henderson in November. 

Two years ago, after the death of Bill Nojay, Joe Errigo was thrust into running for the 133rd Assembly District seat. He won, beating Democrat Barbara Baer.

Baer is running again. It's uncertain whether Errigo will still try to win on a 3rd party line.

Marjorie Byrnes, a former Rochester City Court Judge, and former Assistant District Attorney, defeated the incumbent Errigo on Thursday in the Republican primary for the 133rd District. She will now face Baer in November’s general election.

Hochul wins N.Y. lieutenant governor primary

Sep 13, 2018
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Incumbent Kathy Hochul has defeated Jumaane Williams in the New York Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Hochul, a former congresswoman from Buffalo, now moves on to the November general election as the running mate of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who first picked her to run beside him in the 2014 election.

Polls gave her a big advantage going into Thursday's primary.

Hochul spent much of the campaign touting the Cuomo administration's achievements while Williams, a New York City councilman, promised to serve as a check on Cuomo if elected.

Beatriz LeBron will remain on the Rochester City School Board, and Judith Davis will join it after they finished as the top two vote-getters in the Democratic primary. Melanie Funchess finished third.

LeBron and Funchess were appointed to the board in early January after Malik Evans was elected to Rochester City Council and Mary Adams left the board.

The wins by LeBron and Davis means they will serve until the end of 2019, the remainder of Evans’ and Adams’ terms. They can run for four-year terms of their own in November 2019.

James wins N.Y. attorney general Democratic primary

Sep 13, 2018
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New York City Public Advocate Letitia James won a four-way Democratic primary for attorney general in New York on Thursday in a race that was a competition over who could best use the office to antagonize President Donald Trump.

James, 59, would become the first black woman to hold a statewide elected office in New York if she prevails in the general election, where she will be heavily favored. Trump nemesis Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, abruptly resigned from the post in May amid allegations he physically abused women he dated.

David Gantt will continue to represent the 137th Assembly District after his Democratic win over challenger Ann C. Lewis on Thursday. Gantt is the fourth-longest serving Assemblyperson in Albany, winning his first election in 1982. There is no Republican candidate challenging Gantt in November.

He currently is the chairman of the Assembly standing committee on transportation.

Gantt’s district includes the northeastern and southwestern sections of the city of Rochester and the town of Gates.

For the first time since 1990, someone other than Joe Morelle will represent the 136th Assembly District, and it will be Jamie Romeo.

The chairwoman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee fended off bids by Todd Grady and Jaclyn Richard, and with no Republican challenger in November, she will assume the seat on Jan. 2.

The 136th Assembly District includes Irondequoit, Brighton, and the east side of Rochester.

Supporters cheered on Romeo as soon as the race was called from Murph's Pub in Irondequoit.

Cuomo defeats Nixon in N.Y. gubernatorial primary

Sep 13, 2018
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo overcame a primary challenge from activist and actor Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat.

Cuomo, who always led in the polls and outspent his rival more than 8 to 1, seldom mentioned Nixon by name during an often-nasty campaign, instead touting his experience, achievements in two terms as governor and his work to push back against President Donald Trump.