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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Danks Burke Challenges Albany Incumbent O'Mara to District-wide Debate Plan

Leslie Danks Burke, candidate for State Senate in New York's 58th district, today called on incumbent Senator Tom O'Mara to agree to a debate schedule to give voters a fair chance to hear the candidates.

"We know that families in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes are not getting our fair share," said Danks Burke.  "And for over ten years, my opponent has been going to Albany telling us that he's working for us.  I think it's time to have an honest dialogue about why he hasn't delivered."

The 58th Senate district includes Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates and part of Tompkins Counties.  Sprawling over nearly 2,700 square miles, it is a district of rural communities, small towns and cities.  Given the size and scope of the district, Danks Burke called for a minimum of 6 debates to ensure that all interested voters have a chance to participate.

"I call on Senator O'Mara to agree to at least six debates:  One each in Chemung, Schuyler, Yates and Tompkins Counties, and two in Steuben," she said.  "Let's respect the voters and take the time to talk about the issues that matter.  My campaign is focused on jobs, farms, schools and the corruption in Albany that soaks up our tax dollars.  All voters in our region deserve to know where Mr. O'Mara stands."