22nd Congressional District debate Thursday in Binghamton, event to be livestreamed


A debate among the candidates for the 22nd Congressional District is planned for 8 p.m. Thursday at the studios of public broadcaster WSKG in Binghamton, with a live broadcast on CSPAN and streaming audio available at wskg.org.

The confirmed candidates are incumbent Democrat Anthony Brindisi of Utica, his immediate predecessor Republican Claudia Tenney of New Hartford, and Libertarian candidate Keith Price of the Binghamton area.

The debate is a partnership among WSKG Public Media, The League of Women Voters of Broome and Tioga Counties, SUNY-Broome Civic Engagement Center, SUNY-Broome History, Philosophy and Social Sciences Department, Binghamton University Center for Civic Engagement, and The Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Initiative.

There will be no studio audience. Questions to candidates from the public may be submitted using the WSKG website and on social media. https://wskg.org/episodes/ny22-on-10-22-a-league-of-women-voters-debate.

Additional media confirmed to air live or rebroadcast are CSPAN, Public Media WCNY (Syracuse). WAMC (Northeast Public Radio) and WRVO Radio (Oswego, Oneida County) will rebroadcast at 6 p.m. Saturday. WSKG plans to have the television broadcast on its website some time after the debate.

May gets statewide environmental award

State Sen. Rachel May, D-53, Syracuse, received the 2020 Legislator of the Year recognition from Environmental Advocates Action for her work to protect clean water, air, and public health.

May sponsored legislation that closed a loophole in the hazardous waste law, so that New York State can stop fracking waste from being dumped in landfills or spread on roads, where it can leach into freshwater streams and lakes.

She also sponsored legislation which successfully banned waste incinerators from being built in the Finger Lakes region. Additionally, Senator May held the first public hearing on the Climate Leadership and Community Protection act, at SUNY ESF, and was a member of the working group that helped draft this landmark climate legislation.

“Central NY is lucky to be represented by such a dedicated advocate for the environment,” said Peter M. Iwanowicz, executive director of Environmental Advocates Action.

“In just two short years, Senator May has proven to her constituents that positive change for the environment is not only possible, but achievable. To finally close the door on dangerous and toxic fracking waste is a laudable accomplishment that will have a long-lasting impact on our state’s drinking water. Environmental Advocates Action is pleased to award Senator May our 2020 Legislator of the Year award...”

Carpenters union backs Miller for Assembly

Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-101, New Hartford, was endorsed by the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters. “Endorsing Assemblyman Miller was an easy decision for us,” said Jim Mason, Team Lead for the NASRCC and President of the Local 277.

“He is a champion of organized labor and he truly understands and appreciates the importance of the trades. He is also a fierce advocate of apprenticeship training and getting this type of training back in our schools. Brian has always been a friend of labor and we are thrilled to endorse Brian Miller for Assembly,” Mason added.

The Oneida County portion of the district includes New Hartford and Paris.

Miller faces Chad McEvoy of the Democratic and Working Families lines, and Barbara
Kidney on the Green Party line.


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