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Town of Perinton

The Town of Perinton has a new Supervisor. On Wednesday, board member Ciaran Hanna was appointed by the town board to replace Mike Barker who retired last week to return to teaching full time. His term would have expired at the end of December, 2019. 

Hanna was a member of the Monroe County Legislature from 2006-2013 and served in a variety of leadership roles in the county legislature, including as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee (2009-2013) and Chairman of the Human Services Committee (2006-2009).

An event taking place at the Central Library in Rochester Wednesday discussed the upcoming 2020 census and steps to ensure a full count of all New Yorkers.

The US Census Bureau presented plans for the next Census, including new technologies and efforts to build partnerships with hard to count populations, as well as a brainstorming session with community members.


Newly elected Congressman Joe Morelle says he will back Nancy Pelosi to remain as speaker of the House of Representatives.

Morelle, (D-Irondequoit), the longtime former New York State legislator and Assembly Majority Leader released a statement Tuesday evening saying that, “In these critical times, it’s more important than ever that the Democratic Majority has a leader with the experience and skill necessary to make our shared priorities a reality and create an America that works for everyone – that’s why I am proud to support Nancy Pelosi as our next Speaker of the House. 


Assemblyman Brian Kolb has been unanimously re-elected as Assembly Minority Leader.

The Canandaigua Republican says that with a changing dynamic in the legislature, the role of Assembly Republicans has never been more critical.

Democrats now control all three branches of government, after taking majority control of the State Senate for the first time in eight years.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A new audit from Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found problems in how addiction treatment programs use New York's opioid prescription monitoring system.

The review finds instances where administrators failed to check the system to see if patients receiving treatment for addiction were getting opioids from another doctor.

Failing to check the system can set back addiction treatment and put patients in danger, especially if they're already receiving opioids as part of their treatment.

NEW YORK (AP)  A state lawmaker is proposing a change to New York's gun laws to allow authorities to search social media for potential red flags before approving a handgun license.

State Senator Kevin Parker's bill would mandate that applicants provide investigators with their Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram passwords and access to their Google, Yahoo and Bing searches.


(WXXI News & AP) Although 27th Congressional District Rep. Chris Collins declared victory on Tuesday as the recounting continued in that race that the Republican lawmaker had with Democrat Nate McMurray, the challenger does not appear ready to concede at this point.

McMurray issued a statement on Wednesday  saying that the Erie County Board of Elections is working to complete its counting of votes. He says right now (as of midday on Wednesday), the difference is less than .5%, a margin that he says in many counties and states would trigger an automatic recount.

NEW YORK (AP)  Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos plans to go to prison in January for his federal corruption conviction.

According to Newsday, attorney Alexandra Shapiro says Skelos has decided not to seek bail pending his appeal.

He's due to report to the Otisville Correctional Facility in Orange County on Jan. 8.

Shapiro says the decision is not a reflection on the merits of the appeal.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Indicted Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Collins declared victory Tuesday in his western New York district, saying a count of absentee ballots preserved his lead over Democratic challenger Nate McMurray.

"Congressman Collins led and won on election night and maintained that lead during the entire recanvassing process," Collins' campaign spokeswoman Natalie Baldassarre said in a statement.

Town of Perinton

Perinton Town Supervisor Mike Barker will be leaving that job soon. On Tuesday, he announced his retirement from town government this coming Saturday, November 24.

Barker, who was first elected Perinton Supervisor in 2014, was first elected to a public office in 1992 when he became a member of the Fairport Village Board.

He plans to go back to teaching, which he did in the Fairport School District for more than 27 years.