Race to Replace Convicted Senator’s Seat Firms Up

ALBANY (AP) -

Candidates from each of the major parties have emerged to campaign for a state Senate seat representing New York’s Southern Tier after its previous occupant was forced out after a conviction of lying to the FBI.

Republican Fred Akshar announced his candidacy on Monday to succeed Thomas Libous of Binghamton, who had been the Senate’s number 2 ranking Republican. Akshar is now the undersheriff in Broome County and is supported by top Republican leaders from Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties.

On the Democratic side, former DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala announced her campaign last week. Fiala is a former Broome County executive. The special election is expected in November.