It seems Randy Weaver may run for Assembly after all.
A Democratic Designating Petition obtained by the Tribune lists Weaver as a candidate for the 133rd Assembly District after he announced in April that business concerns would prevent him from running for Assembly this year.
Contacted earlier today, Weaver declined to comment on whether he was running for office.
“I will probably be talking about that at a later point next week,” he said.
Weaver owns and operates Maple City Pharmacy and is a Steuben County legislator. He lost a write-in campaign for Assembly in 2010.
More information will be available in Thursday’s Evening Tribune.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks is opposed to proposed changes to the plan that regulates water levels in Lake Ontario.
The proposed changes have been adamantly opposed by a group of lakeshore residents in Monroe and Wayne counties who believe it will increase shoreline erosion and costs for property owners.
Brooks, who is seeking to unseat Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, in November, said Wednesday in a statement that she had sent a letter of opposition to the water regulation plan proposed by the International Joint Commission (IJC), which oversees regulation of water levels in Lake Ontario.
“Lake Ontario is one of our great natural resources which has been enjoyed and utilized by property owners and recreational boaters in and around Monroe County,” Brooks said in a news release. “The fact that the IJC has not prepared adequately to avoid major damage for property owners and boaters or to make efforts to mitigate that damage is inexcusable.”
A copy of the news release, including Brooks’ main reasons for opposition to the plan, is attached.
You can read a previous story about the lake level plan here.
A public hearing on the lake level plan is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Quest Elementary School, 225 West Ave., Hilton.
Local lakeshore residents are far from the only special interest with a stake in the plan. Conservationists have lauded the proposed changes because they benefit shoreline habitats. Charter boat and shipping interests, recreational boaters, hydroelectric power generators and shoreline owners in Canada and all along the St. Lawrence River, including in the Montreal area, have a stake in the final decision.
A familiar name is putting his hat back in the ring for his old district seat.
Monroe County Democratic Party sources tell us that David Koon will once again seek the 135th Assembly District.
Sources tell us Koon is circulating petitions to get on the ballot for his old seat.
Koon was the Assemblyman for the 135th from 1996 to 2010, when he lost the district to current incumbent Mark Johns.
Hear that whoosh of air? That’s the sound of the Tea Party movement breathing a collective sigh of relief that Gov. Scott Walker pulled this baby out. Whatever the many and varied implications of Tuesday’s recall vote in Wisconsin, Tea Partiers needed this win to prove—to themselves perhaps most of all—that they still matter.
Around lunchtime Tuesday, a press release went out inviting reporters to interview Tea Party Patriot co-founder Jenny Beth Martin about the “massive grassroots campaign their organization has completed, and what the results will mean for 2012 elections and the rest of the country.”
The email went on to boast: “More than 150 Tea Party Patriots volunteers on the ground knocked on 15,000 voter doors for the past several weeks and distributed nearly 150,000 pieces of literature, while volunteers across the country placed more than 37,000 calls to Wisconsin voters urging them to vote to defend the democratic process, reject Washington special interests and vote for fiscal responsibility.”
Message to the political world: Tea Party ground troops are what tipped things Walker’s way. It was definitely, definitely not the fact that pro-Walker forces, led by far less grassroots, not-at-all-blue-collar largely out-of-state donors that overwhelmed the Democratic opposition by around $30 million.
These are fraught times for the Tea Party. Much of the movement loathed Mitt Romney. Now they’re stuck with him. Asked about such an outcome during the primary season, most Tea Party folks I talked with had two responses: 1) They refused to acknowledge the very possibility that Romney would wind up the nominee; and 2) They stressed that, in the event of such an electoral apocalypse, the movement would need to keep its morale up by focusing on state and local races.
Scott Walker’s survival offers one such down-ticket shot of morale. And Tea Partiers had no intention of letting the moment slip by without trying to grab a bit of the glory for themselves.