Monday, November 3, 2014

WEEK AHEAD: Elections, info session on UR-East deal

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Tuesday is Election Day, and there are Congressional, state, and local offices on the ballot.

The biggest election, of course, is New York governor. Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo is seeking re-election against Republican Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott.

And there are three proposals on the ballot: one implements a new legislative redistricting system, a second allows bills in the State Legislature to be distributed digitally, and the third authorizes a $2 billion bond for school technology and infrastructure projects.

The Rochester area also has a high-stakes State Senate race: the 55th District contest between sitting Democrat Ted O’Brien and his Republican challenger, Rich Funke. O’Brien and Funke have been attacking each other for a while, and local TV channels are filled with ads for the race.

The contest has attracted attention and money from outside of the district, since the seat plays a key role in determining which party – or coalition of parties — controls the Senate.

A poll by Siena College Research Institute released at the start of October showed Funke with a 25 point lead over O’Brien. But a new Siena poll released Sunday showed Funke with only a nine-point lead.

Also attracting attention is the House race between longtime Democratic Representative Louise Slaughter and her Republican challenger, Mark Assini, who is supervisor of the Town of Gates.

City’s endorsements are here. And voters can find information here on their polling places and which candidates will be on their ballots. BY JEREMY MOULE 

The University of Rochester will hold “Community Engagement with K-12 Education: the Case of East High School,” a community information session, today (Monday, November 3) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stephen Uebbing, professor at the UR’s Warner School of Education, will lead a discussion on the UR’s role as an educational partner with East High and the preparation for managing East in the 2015-2016 school year.

The event is being held at the Rush-Rhees Library in the Hawkins-Carlson Room. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO 

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