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Inside an office park on Brighton-Henrietta Town line Road, the political fates of a number of politicians will be decided. This is where the Monroe County Board of Elections started counting absentee ballots Wednesday for the 2020 primary elections.

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Under advice from his doctors, longtime Rochester-area Assemblyman David Gantt will not seek re-election. He said he made the decision a few weeks ago.

The 78-year-old Democrat has been having dialysis treatments over the last few years and was visibly choked up after sharing the news. 

“I had a good time,” said Gantt. “I’ve done a lot of work. I will absolutely miss it. I’ll miss the work. But I’ll do it. I’ll do it in a different way.”

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Ernest Flagler-Mitchell is the latest Democrat to throw his hat in the ring for the 137th District State Assembly seat

David Gantt has held the seat for nearly 40 years, but it's not clear if he'll run again. Gantt, 78, is dealing with health concerns and has not yet declared his intentions.

Flagler-Mitchell, 41, is a former firefighter who has been in the Monroe County Legislature for five years. He was just re-elected as assistant minority leader. He also trains future firefighters at East High School.

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has signed a controversial measure that would punish people who annoy cops and first responders on the job.

A public hearing on the so-called "annoyance bill" was held Monday. It was the last step before the bill, which the Republican majority in the County Legislature passed last month in a party-line vote, went to Dinolfo’s desk.