September 10, 2016
HORNELL, NY – Hornell GOP Leader John Buckley (9th Ward, Hornell) tells Wlea News that local supporters of the late Assemblyman Bill Nojay are working to get people to vote for the Nojay name, in the Tuesday primary. According to Buckley, these supporters want to vote in Nojay’s name, and that afterwards, the committee leaders from the three counties (Steuben, Livingston and Monroe) would, if Nojay’s name gets the most votes, the committees would then choose a candidate to run, for the November 8th election. The primary, which is still scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, was originally between Assemblyman Bill Nojay and the Republican mayor of Honeyoye Falls, Rick Milne. Then, late on Friday morning, Rochester media outlets reported that Nojay committed suicide in a Rochester area cemetery.
On Friday afternoon, Steuben County Republican Election Commissioner sent out the following statement:
With the recent passing of Bill Nojay many of you may have questions in regards to the Republican Primary Election on Tuesday September 13th. The primary will still take place in the 133rd Assembly District and Bill Nojay’s name will still appear on Tuesday’s Republican primary ballot. If he wins, Republican Party leaders in the three-county district will nominate a replacement for the November ballot. Nojay has also secured the Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines for the November General Election. Those parties will also pick a new candidate for the Nov. 8 general election.
Update: 2:28pm – One GOP source tells WLEA that Hornell GOP Leader John Buckley could possibly be named by Steuben County’s Republican Committee, as the replacement candidate.