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2019 Election

Get prepared for the 2019 elections with WXXI News' continuing coverage of the candidates and issues.

Don't forget, early voting is taking place until November 3. Here's a list of early voting polling places and times.

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A political action committee backed by liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros dumped nearly $1 million into Democrat Shani Curry Mitchell's unsuccessful bid to unseat Republican Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley, new campaign finance records show.

That Soros had invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race through the committee, New York Justice & Public Safety PAC, had been reported in the weeks leading up to the election.

A count of ballots that had been outstanding since the Nov. 5 election revealed that Democratic candidate Mike Yudelson prevailed in a close race for a Monroe County Legislature seat in Henrietta, and that Pittsford Democrats flipped the Town Board to their control.

Heading into Thursday's count of absentee, military, and affidavit ballots at a county Board of Elections facility in Brighton, Yudelson had a lead of 45 votes over Republican Matthew Borkowski in the race for the 13th Legislative District seat.

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Patrina Freeman has a personal stake in one of her main priorities as a newly elected member of the Irondequoit Town Board.

"This is a little self-serving, I guess," she said with a laugh. "I don't want my sons to have to move from Irondequoit."

Freeman, a Democrat, plans to propose town partnerships with area colleges to develop programs and apprenticeships for jobs in fields such as photonics, cell battery development, and health care so businesses have an ample supply of skilled workers.

We examine the impact of a historic night in Monroe County politics. Democrats have won the top seat in the county for the first time in three decades, but they fell one seat short of taking control of the County Legislature.

We sit down with the two Democrats who flipped seats to discuss how they plan to work with Republicans on priorities like taxes, child care, and more. In studio: 

There will be a big change coming to the City of Canandaigua. Mayor Ellen Polimeni, who has been in office for 28 years, was defeated in a close contest by city council member Bob Palumbo.

Polimeni lost by 83 votes and she conceded Wednesday morning. Polimeni says she will continue to do work on behalf of the City of Canandaigua, even after she leaves office. 

It looks like the new Democratic Monroe County Executive may have to contend with a Republican majority in the County Legislature, but the GOP will have a narrow margin in that body.

Unofficial results show the Republicans with a 15 to 14 seat majority over the Democrats.  (they had a 17 - 12 majority, previously).

At least one race,  the 13th legislative district, was very close on Tuesday night, with Democrat Michael Yudelson leading Republican Matthew Borkowski by 45 votes.

Here is the list of apparent winners in the 29-seat legislature:

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Adam Bello, the 39-year-old Democrat who ran for Monroe County executive on the notion that “our community needs a government as good as its people,” persuaded enough of them to convincingly elect him to the office.

His victory over the incumbent, Cheryl Dinolfo, brings to an end 27 years of Republican rule in the office – an abrupt change whose implications are expected to reverberate throughout the leadership of the county Republican Party in the coming months.

Doorley fends off Curry Mitchell in DA's race

Nov 5, 2019
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This year’s Monroe County district attorney race smoldered through August and September, but suddenly turned into a blaze last month.

The hard-fought contest saw Republican incumbent Sandra Doorley challenged by Democrat Shani Curry Mitchell, who served under her as a prosecutor for more than five years. Doorley will hang on to the job, though, after pulling in 56% of the vote.

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The Rochester City Charter gives the mayor’s office and the police chief the power to review and choose punishments for city police officers accused of misconduct.

After voters weighed in this year, that power is now shared with a Police Accountability Board – for now, anyway. 

Unofficial results show that Rochester residents approved the measure, 75% to 25%. 

WXXI News brings you the results and analysis of the 2019 elections. Listen to coverage on AM 1370, FM 107.5, streaming at the top of this page, and also a live video stream here and on the WXXI News Facebook page.

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