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The 127th Assembly District covers six towns on the eastern side of Onondaga County in central New York. In 2014, incumbent Democrat Al Stirpe faced off against Republican challenger Rob DeMarco in one of the most competitive state legislative races in the region.0000017a-3c50-d913-abfe-bd54a88a0000This year, Onondaga Country Republicans have unified in an effort to win the seat. After a divisive primary between Vince Giordano and Michael Becallo, Giordano won the right to put his name on the ballot come November by just 40 votes.In one of the few state races this year with a challenger, incumbent Democrat Al Stirpe goes up against Republican challenger Vicent Giordano.You can hear a conversation between the two candidates for the 127th Assembly District on the Campbell Conversations.

Stirpe declares victory over Venesky in CNY Assembly race

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Assemblyman Al Stirpe and Republican Assembly candidate Mark Venesky.

Onondaga County Democratic Assemblyman Al Stirpe is claiming victory in his reelection bid over Republican challenger, and former Cicero town supervisor, Mark Venesky. Stirpe leads by 6,000 votes after being down by 1,000 votes on election night.

It’s another win for Democrats, who have been making a comeback with absentee ballots in some races, after being down on election night. The Onondaga County Board of Elections is concluding its absentee ballot count.

In a statement, Stirpe said this has been a campaign season unlike any other. He said he is hopeful that in the coming months, New York state will update its laws, so that absentee ballots can be counted sooner. The county Board of Elections had to wait a week after Election Day to start counting absentee ballots. Then, they had to shut down for two weeks after 12 staffers tested posted for COVID-19.

Venesky said he called Stirpe to congratulate him and wish him the best. In a statement, Venesky thanked his supporters and said although they fell short, they worked hard and ran a good campaign. 

Tom Magnarelli is a reporter covering the central New York and Syracuse area. He joined WRVO as a freelance reporter in 2012 while a student at Syracuse University and was hired full time in 2015. He has reported extensively on politics, education, arts and culture and other issues around central New York.