Syracuse councilor, county comptroller join race for DeFrancisco's state Senate seat

Syracuse Common Councilor Joseph Carni (Provided by Councilor Joseph Carni via Facebook) and Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci (CNYCentral File Photo)

Two more prominent central New York government officials are mounting campaigns for New York's 50th state Senate District.

Syracuse Common Councilor Joseph G. Carni will announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at his family's business, Thanos Import Market, in Syracuse.

Carni is a two-term legislator who currently represents Syracuse's 1st District.

Also joining the race is Republican Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci, who pronounced his candidacy in a letter on Monday.

Antonacci has been the county comptroller since 2008 and ran for New York state comptroller in 2014.

Carni and Antonacci join designated Democratic candidate John W. Mannion, a West Genesee High School biology teacher, in seeking the seat vacated after longtime Sen. John DeFrancisco said he would not seek re-election during his bid for governor.

The 50th Senate District covers most of Onondaga County and the western half of Syracuse, as well as Skaneateles, Pompey and Van Buren.

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