Chamber Hosts Meet the Candidates Night

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce hosted its Meet the Candidates on September 30th at the Holiday Inn. This event was designed to give candidates exposure to the businesses they could be representing and allow the business community to hear where they stand on business related issues of the day. Jim Ehmke of News Channel 34 was the moderator of this event and probed the representatives on many things including voting records and creating a healthier business climate.


This event would not have been possible without our great sponsor Mirabito Energy Products.


The candidates in attendance included:

Anthony Brindisi – US 22 Congressional Race (Pre-recorded)

Claudia Tenney – US 22 Congressional Race

Keith Price  – US 22 Congressional Race

Fred Akshar – State Senate Race

Thomas Quiter – State Senate Race

Joe Angelino – Assembly 122 Race

Rick Shaw – Assembly 122 Race

Donna Lupardo – Assembly 123 Race

Jason Garnar – Broome County Executive Race


The US Congress seat currently held by Congressman Anthony Brindisi and challenger Claudia Tenney is one of the tightest races in the nation. Congressman Brindisi was unable to attend the event, so he did a prerecorded interview with Jim prior to the event. The candidates were asked the same questions and neither candidate was made aware of the questions previously.


Another race to watch is Assembly district 122. This seat covers the northern and eastern section of Broome county and was previously held by Clifford Crouch. This is the only open seat of the night with no incumbent running.


The fantastic participation by a range of elected officials showcases the enthusiasm our community has and the desire to see our businesses succeed. When Broome County businesses thrive, our community thrives. Many candidates expressed frustration about the unorthodox campaigning they are having to do and appreciated the hybrid venue the Chamber offered to get their message and platform to the public.


If you are curious how the candidates answered questions and about what they would do to create a healthier business climate, the live video of the whole event can be found on the Chamber’s Facebook page.


Remember to vote with election day just around the corner!

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