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Henrietta Town Supervisor Switches to Democratic Party
Henriea Town Supervisor MichaelYudelson announced Friday he isswitching his party aliaon fromRepublican to Democrac.Announcing his decision, Yudelsoncited irreconcilable philosophicaldierences with local and naonalRepublicans. “Sadly, the RepublicanParty is allowing itself to be denedby extremists who put ideologyahead of governance and responsiblecizenship,” said Yudelson, who hasserved as Henriea supervisor for sixyears. “The shutdown of the federalgovernment and threatened naonaldefault are only the latest examplesof a party that has abandoned itsprinciples in the pursuit of a narrowpolical agenda.“The Tea Party fringe that now controlsthe Republicans agenda does notrepresent the party I once believedin and belonged to. My core beliefshaven’t changed, but theirs have.”Yudelson was nominated byRepublicans in Henriea for anotherterm as supervisor, but subsequentlylost the designaon in a primarywaged by Republican Town Councilmember Jack Moore.“Jack is backed by many of the sameelements who are making a spectaclein Washington,” Yudelson said.“Moderates are losing their voice inthe Republican Party, and as a resultthey are seeking it elsewhere. That’swhy I’m here today, and I want tothank Chairman Morelle and everyonewhose support has always been soinvaluable to me.“Though we’ve belonged to dierentpolical pares, Mike Yudelson and Ihave always worked together for thecommon good, and I always considerhim a friend. I am now pleased to callhim a fellow Democrat as well,” saidMonroe County Democrac Chair JoeMorelle.Morelle noted that he and Yudelsoncollaborated in a legislave eort topreserve the Henriea-based GeneseeValley Regional Market Authority in2010. “People of good will can ndcommon ground even on dicultissues, a concept essenal to ourdemocracy but one that unfortunatelyhas been abandoned by many in theRepublican Party,” Morelle said.“My party aliaon has changed, butmy commitment to my neighbors neverwill, and neither will my commitmentto scal conservasm and personalresponsibility. I look forward to avigorous campaign on behalf of thepeople of Henriea and connuing myservice to them next year.”Yudelson is also endorsed by theConservave and Independencepares. Friday was the deadline forocially changing party designaonprior to Elecon Day.
Henrieta Town Supervisor Michael Yudelson
Residents Want Answers about Red Light Cameras at Town Hall Event
By Delani WeaverRochester’s rst town hall event was asight to see as an incredibly energeccrowd, including residents fromRochester, Webster, Greece and Gates,raised quesons about issues from redlight cameras to naonal security andprivacy to a panel of local leaders.Rochester Police Chief JamesSheppard, former U.S. AorneyTerrance Flynn, WHAM 1180 talk showhost Bob Lonsberry, and Larry Krieger,a cizen who is currently pursuing legalacon against Rochester because of ared light cket, made up the panel.The town hall event, moderated bycommentator Mark Hyman, allowedresidents at the event, held in thetheater of Strong’s Naonal Museumof Play and online via social mediawebsites such as Twier and Facebook,to ask their quesons and wait for aresponse from someone on the panel.Several quesons addressed to Chief Sheppard were answered with mostlyquick and short replies.One queson that was repeatedlyasked by residents was why MayorThomas Richards and/or City CouncilPresident and candidate for mayorLovely Warren, who voted in favor of the red light cameras, didn’t aendthe town hall meeng.Hyman said he would take the blamefor that and planned to have the rightpanel of ocials at the next town hallevent in Rochester.
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