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Local businessman and attorney George Mitris announced his bid for Congress on Monday morning. Mitris, a Republican, will be running for the 25th Congressional District seat, currently held by Democrat Joe Morelle. This will be Mitris' first run for public office.

Mitris said that mitigating the effects of lakeshore flooding is one of his top priorities.


Fifteen new detox beds are coming to Monroe County, where advocates and families have long been calling for additional addiction treatment facilities.

The additional beds, funded by a $1 million state grant, will not quite double the 25 currently available in the county. The new beds will be administered by Helio Health, which changed its name from Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare in June.


Faced with a distinct shortage of opioid detox beds locally, the town of Gates is partnering with three addiction treatment centers in Pennsylvania, town officials said Thursday.

Gates to Recovery, the drop-in center for people seeking treatment for addiction in the town, announced what it called “a collaborative project” that will allow Monroe County residents to be treated across state lines.


Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter and Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini are calling for the appointment of a full-time opioid czar. 

Last Friday, Assini shook up the bimonthly meeting of the local Opioid Task Force. Assini railed against what he perceives as a lack of leadership and a losing fight against heroin. Several members of the task force told WXXI News that Assini's outburst was "jaw-dropping." 

Jennifer Faringer chairs the task force and says it was like a bomb hit the room.

Despite widespread speculation that Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini would challenge Democratic Incumbent Congresswoman Louise Slaughter again this fall, Assini announced Wednesday evening that he will not be a candidate.

The Republican supervisor says he changed his mind after learning the Monroe County Conservative Party would not be endorsing him. That party will instead back local neurosurgeon Dr. James Maxwell who recently announced  he will seek the GOP nomination in the 25th district against Slaughter, who has held the seat since 1987.

Congressional candidate Mark Assini joins us in studio.

The Gates town supervisor is the Republican challenging longtime incumbent Louise Slaughter. We have yet to be able to confirm a date with Rep. Slaughter.

With Assini, we talk about upstate jobs, health care, and the issues impacting the Rochester region.

Which presidential candidate do Republican Congressional candidates want at the top of the ticket? We find out when we sit down with Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini, the Republican who is once again challenging longtime Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Earlier this winter, we sat down with Slaughter. Now we talk to Assini about how he intends to win a race that won't be nearly so under-the-radar this time around.

In this hour, we talk with Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini. He'll talk about his surprise surge against Louise Slaughter, the status of the ballot counting, and what this means for his political future if he can't make up the difference.

We sit down with Mark Assini, Gates town supervisor and the Republican candidate for Congress in the 25th district. Assini is hoping to defeat incumbent Louise Slaughter in November. We'll talk to him about his views on a wide range of issues, including the Affordable Care Act, the minimum wage, taxes, and foreign policy. It's part of our continuing effort to bring candidates for prominent offices to the show and allowing those listening live an opportunity to interact with them directly.