After the death of Assemblymember Bill Nojay, Republican leadership throughout the 133rd Assembly District urged voters to still vote for Nojay in Tuesday’s GOP primary. The voters responded.
Nojay won the primary posthumously, defeating Honeoye Falls Mayor Rick Milne. Nojay’s win now gives GOP chairmen in the district's Livingston, Monroe and Steuben counties the choice of who will replace Nojay on the ballot in the November 8 general election.
Their choice will face off against Democrat Barbara Baer. GOP officials will make their decision on Wednesday. Milne is reportedly on the short list of possible nominees.
Nojay died by suicide on Friday in Riverside Cemetery near his family graves. He was 59 years old and was to be in court that day to face federal fraud charges connected to a trust fund he was handling as an attorney.
His funeral is scheduled for Friday at noon at Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue in Rochester. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.