Two Republican candidates are facing off in the primary to represent the 133rd Assembly District.
Former prosecutor and Assistant District Attorney Marjorie Byrnes is competitively going after votes in an attempt to oust incumbent Joseph Errigo.
Marjorie Byrnes comes out of retirement from the court system in full force, confident she has the skills to win the Republican primary for her district.
“I got involved in the race because there were a number of people that were concerned that they weren’t getting representation in Albany and they really did want someone who would listen, who would be attending functions in the community, who would be reaching out to members of the community and having dialog and caring about that the issues are and where they were going through,” Byrnes said.
She is hoping to take over the seat held by Errigo, who was elected two years ago after beating Democrat Barbara Baer.
He was placed on the general election ballot after Republican incumbent Bill Nojay died just two months shy of the 2016 elections.
Errigo's hot button issues? He declined to speak on camera, but on his website, he says he will fight for increased state aid for farmers, fight to repeal the SAFE Act, call for end to Common Core standards in classrooms, push for improved health care for seniors, work to reduce unnecessary regulations and end corruption in Albany.
Byrnes also has her lineup of issues to tackle in Albany, with school safety topping her list of priorities.
“Some of the schools right now do have armed resource officers but a lot don’t because they can’t afford them,” she said. “I absolutely want to be in Albany to advocate for an armed resource officer in every school.”
She is also calling for more mental health counseling in the schools.
Byrnes prioritizes the drug and alcohol issue plaguing her district and speaking up for the area’s struggling dairy farmers.
She also plans to take aim at protecting the Second Amendment. She, too, wants to see the SAFE Act repealed.
“For the most part, my experience when I was a judge and assistant district attorney prosecuting violent felonies and homicides, is my experience is that it was not the responsible gun owners who were committing any crimes or crimes with fire arms. It was the criminals.”
The 133rd Assembly District covers a lot of ground, from Pittsford to Hornell, and includes parts of Monroe, Livingston and Steuben Counties.
For the person holding the assembly seat now, he is refraining from talking on camera. But Errigo did say over the phone, “I am relying on my constituents. If they want me, they can certainly have me … I have done everything I can for my constituents.”
And the person vying for his seat?
“Somebody’s got to step up and be willing to be their advocate, to be vocal about it, to get in the forefront and say we have to work and address these issues. And that’s why I want to do it.”
Members of the New York State Assembly serve a two-year term and there are no term limits.