Elmira judge’s victory shows strength of some third-party candidates after the government shutdown

If Judge Otto Campanella’s 26-vote lead over his closest opponent in the Elmira City Court race holds – and there’s no reason to believe it won’t – it will mark the first time in decades, if not in history, that a third-party candidate has won a political race in Chemung County.

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Lots at stake for cities with Nov. 5 statewide propositions

Two statewide ballot initiatives New York voters face Tuesday, Nov. 5, will have a real and direct impact on the state’s cities, and one proposal that seeks to allow seven full-service casinos may well boost turnout on an otherwise lackluster off-year Election Day.

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Six concrete ways to begin fixing our cities

This article first appeared in the Syracuse Post-Standard Aug. 25, 2013

Long before Detroit declared bankruptcy, cities and villages across New York have struggled to stay solvent and provide the services citizens need and demand. But contrary to what you may have heard, the fix won’t come from Albany alone or in a neat one-size-fits-all box.

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