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Akshar Says He Encouraged Binghamton Mayor To Consider Run For NY Senate Seat

BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David said he was “very interested” in running to represent New York’s 52nd Senate District in a statement on Friday. His announcement comes a day after State Senator Fred Akshar (R-52) announced he will not seek reelection to his senate seat in 2022 so he can instead run for Broome County Sheriff.

David, who is in his second and final term as mayor due to term limits, said he formed an exploratory committee for the state senate seat and plans to make a formal announcement in the coming weeks.

“The opportunity to serve in the New York State Senate would allow me to continue my commitment to the people of Binghamton, and work for the residents of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Tioga counties,” David said.

Akshar told WSKG that he encouraged David to make those moves, but won’t formally endorse him yet.

“I think that’s the right thing to do, but I think you will see a more formal decision from him in the coming months,” Akshar said, “but I think Mayor David’s done a remarkable job.”

David also endorsed Akshar for sheriff.

The 52nd Senate District spans part of Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware Counties.

By Jillian Forstadt | June 4, 2021 WSKG

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