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Dinolfo favored for county executive

If the 2015 Monroe County executive election were held today, 63 percent of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll say they would favor Republican Cheryl Dinolfo over Democrat Sandra Frankel.

When broken down by political affiliation, readers largely followed party lines.

Among those who identified themselves as Republicans, 88 percent favored Dinolfo over Frankel. Conversely, among the Democrats, 82 percent would pick Frankel over Dinolfo.

Dinolfo also was favored by those who identified themselves as non-affiliated or affiliated with other parties, by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent.

As of May 5, 40 percent of Monroe County registered voters were enrolled as Democrats, compared with 22 percent of Snap Poll respondents; 29 percent were Republicans, versus 37 percent of poll participants; and 31 percent were non-affiliated or affiliated with other parties, compared with 41 percent of those responding to the poll.

Dinolfo was appointed county clerk in 2004, after Brooks—a fellow Republican and her predecessor in the clerk’s post—was elected county executive. Dinolfo won a four-year term in November 2004 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2012. Before becoming county clerk, she was a trial attorney and partner with the Rochester law firm Connors & Corcoran LLP, specializing in tort litigation.

Frankel is the first woman and Democrat elected Brighton town supervisor, a position she held from 1992 to 2012. In 1998, she was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. In 2011, Frankel ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, who is prohibited from seeking another term in November due to a term limit. A licensed and credentialed speech language pathologist for 20 years, Frankel worked in health care and education before becoming Brighton supervisor.

Nearly 750 readers participated in this week’s poll, conducted May 25 and 26. Ninety-two percent of the respondents said they reside in Monroe County or pay county residential or commercial property taxes.

If the 2015 Monroe County executive election were held today, whom would you favor?
Cheryl Dinolfo  63%
Sandra Frankel  37%

Do you currently reside in Monroe County or pay county property taxes (as a Monroe County residential and/or commercial property owner)?
Yes: 92%
No: 8%

What is your political affiliation?
Democrat: 22%
Republican: 37%
Non-affiliated: 35%
Other: 6%

Among the 37 percent who identified as Republicans:
Dinolfo: 88%
Frankel: 12%

Among those who identified as Democrats:
Frankel: 82%
Dinolfo: 18%

Among those who are non-affiliated or other:
Dinolfo: 64%
Frankel: 36%

For information on how the Snap Polls are conducted, click here.

COMMENTS:
We need someone young with fresh ideas. I believe Cheryl Dinolfo has more experience on a bigger field and can direct Monroe County on to continued solid footing. She has an educational background more conducive to the position. She can handle current challenges and obstacles with the copious experience she already has.
—Deborah Springer

Sandra Frankel is a dedicated and extremely qualified person to lead our county forward. She has our total support due to our confidence in her in integrity and commitment to what hopefully will be her new role.
—Ray and Erika Hutch

Both candidates are completely uninspiring. We need a leader, not a manager.
—Jeff Luellen

In light of the issues of the past decade, a change to a Democratic administration is warranted. In light of the voting history for county executive, Cheryl will receive at least 60 percent of the votes.
—Jerry McCabe, Irondequoit

Sandra Frankel is my choice because of what she has done for Brighton. There have been so many positive changes there. The county needs a leader of action like her. Maybe we will see some much-needed changes here. So tired of the “good old boys’ club.”
—Kim Pandina, Panda Wear

Cheryl Dinolfo has done an excellent job as County Clerk. She has served as president of the NYS County Clerks Assoc. and worked hard to serve the residents of Monroe County.
—Jean Carrozzi

Dinolfo’s performance has been entirely motivated by politics—currying favor with Maggie Brooks and doing everything “sweet and nice” for the Republican Legislature. She demonstrates no independent thinking and shows no personal creativity. Frankel would not be Maggie’s puppet, and Frankel has shown independent thinking during her time in Brighton.
—Dorver Kendig, Webster

I don’t live in Brighton so I don’t know much about Ms. Frankel. I looked up town tax rates and Brighton’s appear quite high compared to other suburbs on the east side, which makes me favor Ms. Dinolfo.
—Karen Zilora, Creative Scanning Solutions Inc.

Frankel has demonstrated excellent capability as an administrator. Unfortunately, I think she’s not a particularly good campaigner. I believe she’s sincere and not glib. Therefore I believe she’s got a tough battle ahead to win.
—David Rubin

Sandra Frankel has been a great leader for the town of Brighton. I am sure that her past experience will prove her to be an exceptional leader for the county.
—Charles Kaplan

At a time when Monroe County is considered one of the most fiscally stressed counties in the state, we need an executive with experience improving bond ratings while maintaining quality of life. Sandy Frankel has that executive experience, while her opponent’s experience includes issuing passports and working for an administration maligned by questionable ethics and corruption. It is an easy choice.
—Alex Hipolito

Sandy’s experience as a fiscally responsible leader in Brighton makes her the obvious choice for restoring financial solvency to Monroe County.
—Elizabeth Webb

Frankel, although I don’t always agree with her, is basically an independent thinker, and would be a reasonably good leader. Dinolfo impresses me as nothing more than a “party hack.”
—Hal Gaffin, Fairport

I’d really like to see a small-government third party run. What is (Libertarian Michael) McDermott up to?
—Devin Michaels, Chili

Sandy Frankel distinguished herself while supervisor of Brighton by shaking down every developer who tried to build there to advance her goals for the town. She was shameless about extorting fees and other quid pro quos from anyone who tried to build anything. I suppose it was legal, but she is the embodiment of everything that’s wrong with government’s attitude toward the private sector here in New York. Private business is not the enemy, yet we’re treated like that. I don’t know much about Dinolfo, but so far as I know she’s not another “Big Government” liberal who has never seen a business she didn’t want to tax even more.
—Bob Sarbane

Is there a third choice as a manufacturing business owner and resident of Monroe County? I don’t see any positives of either of these that will satisfy manufacturing business and residents alike. We need someone who has worked in the manufacturing environment.
—David Demallie

Both have an impressive track record; however, I believe Dinolfo brings most to the table at this time.
—J.A. DePaolis, Penfield

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5/29/15 (c) 2015 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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