Democrats overtake Monroe County Legislature for first time in nearly three decades

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — After Tuesday’s General Election, Democrats have enough seats to take the majority in the Monroe County Legislature for the first time in nearly three decades.

In one of the most notable races, incumbent Democrat Dave Long beat his challenger, former Republican Legislature President Joe Carbone, by 10% in the 16th District that includes part of Irondequoit. In the County Legislature, Democrats will hold 16 of the 29 seats come Jan. 1, marking the first time the party has taken control since the 1980s.

In addition, County Executive Adam Bello became the first Democrat to ever get re-elected in Monroe County. Bello spoke about the Democrats taking control of the legislature.

“My message is my door is open,” he said. “I have built a record of reaching across the aisle and we’re really open with working with anyone because I don’t view the job of the county executive as an overly partisan position. It’s really about rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done.”

All 29 County Legislature seats were up during the election but some seats were uncontested. In December of 2022, the legislature approved a new voting district map after months of debate. You can see more election results here.