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Mannion announces town hall series in bid for NY Senate, invites Antonacci to join him

New York State 50th Senate District candidates John Mannion (left) and Bob Antonacci (right)

Democratic New York state Senate candidate John Mannion announced a series of town hall-style meetings across central New York over the next few weeks and has invited Republican candidate Bob Antonacci to join him.

“Public servants should be easily accessible to the voters they want to represent,” Mannion said. “These town hall meetings will give Central New York residents a chance to raise their concerns and discuss their priorities with at least one of the candidates running to serve as their next State Senator. I encourage everyone, regardless of party affiliation, to come to these open meetings so we can discuss the issues that are facing our communities and how I want to address them as our next State Senator.”

The town hall meetings will take place over the next several weeks and will be open to the public. These events include:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25th in Camillus at the Maxwell Library (14 Main St.) at 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, Oct. 4th in North Syracuse at the North Syracuse Education Association (210 S. Main St.) at 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, Oct. 11th in Baldwinsville at the Baldwinsville Public Library (33 E. Genesee St.) at 5:30 PM
  • Monday, Oct. 15th in East Syracuse at the East Syracuse Fire Department Community Room (148 Sanders Creek Pkwy.) at 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23rd in Auburn at the Boyle Center Apartments (149 W. Genesee St.) at 12:15 PM

"Mr. Mannion's campaign graciously invited us to a series of forums last night (Sunday) after 8 p.m. We are evaluating these requests in the context of our full schedule, which already includes a number of public events that will serve to inform voters," said Antonacci's campaign manager Helen Kiggins Walsh. "We look forward to holding as many public forums and debates as possible in the coming weeks to give voters the opportunity to view with their own eyes the stark contrast that exists in this race. Bob Antonacci will be a strong voice for hardworking taxpayers and families throughout Central New York and ensure we have checks and balances in Albany, while his opponent will put the New York City politicians and their special interest allies in charge of our entire state government."

Mannion and Antonacci are running for the state Senate's 50th District, which covers most of Onondaga County and the western half of Syracuse, as well as Skaneateles, Pompey and Van Buren. The seat is currently held by John DeFrancisco, who has represented the district for the last 25 years and is retiring after failing to win the Republican nomination for governor.

Mannion is a West Genesee High School biology teacher. Antonacci has been the Onondaga County comptroller since 2008 and ran for New York state comptroller in 2014.

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