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The Dansville Online
  • Nojay wins Assembly seat, defeats Weaver in 133rd district

  • Republican Bill Nojay is headed to Albany.

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  • Republican Bill Nojay is headed to Albany.
    Nojay, an attorney, businessman and radio talk show host, built up strong vote margins in Monroe and Livingston counties to defeat Steuben County Legislator Randy Weaver of Hornell in the 133rd State Assembly District race.
    Nojay garnered about 52 percent of the vote, compared to 41 percent for Weaver and 7 percent for former Avon Mayor Richard Burke.
    Nojay emerged as the Republican nominee after winning a GOP primary against Burke in September. Burke, who endorsed Nojay following the primary, remained on the Conservative Party line Tuesday. Burke continued to draw some support on election day, picking up more than 3,000 votes in Livingston County and 1,500 votes in Monroe.
    Steuben County went for Nojay over Weaver 3,685-3,217.
    In Monroe County, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, the Republican defeated Weaver 11,404-8,986.
    Livingston County voters gave Nojay a 11,526-7,536 margin.
    "We are very happy with the broad base of support throughout the district — Steuben, Livingston and Monroe," Nojay said. "I was very pleased with our performance in Steuben County.'
    Nojay said he plans to fulfill a campaign promise he made to Maple City residents.
    "We are going to put a district office in the City of Hornell," he said. "I pledged that during the campaign and we are going to make it happen."
    "I'm still glad I ran. I have no regrets," Weaver said at a Democratic gathering in the Hornell Knights of Columbus Hall.
    Nojay, 55, is a graduate of the Columbia School of Law and Business. A small business owner and attorney, Nojay is with the law firm Hiscock & Barclay. As the host of a daily radio show, he is heard on several stations around Upstate New York, including WLEA -1480AM in Hornell.
    Nojay, a self-identified conservative, has worked on over 20 local, state and federal campaigns for Republican candidates. Nojay has been a member of the Brighton, Pittsford and City of Rochester Republican Committees, and in September of 2008 served as an official delegate and member of the New York delegation at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis.
    The 133rd includes the Steuben County towns of Hornellsville, Dansville, Wayland, Cohocton and Prattsburgh, along with the City of Hornell.
    Nojay has called for less regulation on business and a cut in the corporate tax rate. He told voters that if he was sent to the Assembly, he would "educate" upstate Democrats about the concerns of rural communities.
    During the campaign, Weaver stressed support for mandate relief to local counties and generating economic growth. Weaver is a pharmacist at Rite Aid in Hornell. He owned and operated Maple City Pharmacy in Hornell until selling the business last July.
     
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