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.
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.
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.