Five candidates are looking to unseat Republican Rep.Tom Reed in the 23rd Congressional District
CANANDAIGUA — The heated Ontario County Court judge race has been making news of late, but here’s more on the Canandaigua City Court judge race.
The Canandaigua City Republican Committee has endorsed Meg Reston, who is running to replace longtime City Court Judge Stephen Aronson, who is retiring at the end of the year.
Republican Jacqueline Sisson Sherry also has announced her candidacy for the seat.
Committee Chair Emily Palumbos said Reston is the clear candidate with unmatched courtroom experience, adding she has tried hundreds of cases in civil and criminal proceedings, settled cases with opposing attorneys and worked with clients to solve real-life problems.
“She also demonstrates a strong commitment to our community through her significant history of involvement in community organizations,” Palumbos said in a prepared statement. “She has the courtroom skills, the varied experience and the disposition of an excellent City Court judge.”
Trisha Turner, chairwoman of the Ontario County Republican Committee, congratulated Reston on her endorsement and added that her experience would make her an excellent judge.
Reston is a partner in the law firm of Muldoon, Getz & Reston with offices in Canandaigua and Rochester.
Sisson has been the principal court attorney for state Supreme Court Justice Craig J. Doran since his first election as an Ontario County Court judge in 2000.
23rd District race
Ian Golden, a congressional candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Tom Reed in the 23rd District, filed more than 2,800 petitions April 11, to secure his name on the ballot for the June 26 Democratic primary.
Golden joins fellow Democrats Eddie Sundquist, Tracy Mitrano, Linda Andrei and Max Della Pia on the primary ballot, various news agencies have reported. According to the state Board of Elections, 1,250 signatures are required to appear on the primary ballot.
The filing deadline was April 12.
The winner of the Democratic primary will go onto face Reed, a Republican from Corning, in the November general election.
27th District race
Speaking of signatures, Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, announced that after months of walking and knocking on doors throughout the 27th District, which includes a portion of Ontario County, more than 9,000 petition signatures have been filed to qualify for the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Party ballot lines in November.
Here’s the breakdown of the 9,017 total petition signatures submitted to the state Board of Elections: Republican, 6,182 petitions; Conservative, 1,197, and Independence, 1,638.
Collins is being challenged by Democrat Nate McMurray, an attorney and former Grand Island town supervisor.
Fairness to pet owners
Collins and Rep. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania have introduced the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, which is legislation intended to help pet owners save money by allowing them the freedom to choose where they buy prescription pet medications.
Pet owners now must ask for a written prescription from their veterinarian for medications. Most consumers do not realize they have the right to request a written prescription in order to shop around and find the prescription at a lower cost.
This bill proposes that pet owners receive a written script, either on paper or electronically, which gives more power to the consumer to choose where to purchase their pet’s prescription.
This legislation has the potential to create competition in the marketplace leading to lower costs for consumers, according to Collins' staff.
Additionally, consumers will have more flexibility to purchase generic medications or have them filled online or at big-box pharmacies, which can be cheaper. For example, a common heartworm tablet given once a month to dogs is sold for about $61 at a veterinary clinic but a generic version retails for only $42, saving a pet owner more than $200 per year, according to information from Collins’ office.
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