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Onondaga County to choose Republican Tuesday to face Al Stirpe in November

Mike Becallo campaign/Vince Giordano

New York state holds primary elections for state Assembly and Senate races. In central New York, an Assembly seat on the eastern side of Onondaga County is in the spotlight for the GOP.

Republicans who live in the 127th Assembly District will choose between two candidates: a relative political newcomer from Cicero, and someone who’s been a part of town of Manlius politics for several years. 

Vince Giordano, 74, of Manlius has the Onondaga County GOP Party designation to run against incumbent Al Stirpe. Giordano owns Sno Top Ice Cream, has been chairman of the town Zoning Board, and is currently a town councilor.

His challenger is Mike Becallo, 31, of Cicero. Becallo works in the healthcare information technology field, and has been a Cicero town councilor for two years.

On the issues, both candidates vow to work to cut taxes and create jobs. Becallo also emphasizes ethics reform, and promises to stop the common core education standards. Giordano’s other priorities include protecting gun owners rights, and eliminating county contributions to medicaid in New York state.

The winner of the primary faces incumbent Assemblyman Al Stirpe, a Democrat first elected to the district 10 years ago. The district includes the towns of Clay, Cicero, Manlius, Pompey, Fabius and Tully. Polls open Tuesday at 12 p.m.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.