2019 election

City of Oswego

With the deadline now passed for candidates from other parties or independents to file, Mayor Billy Barlow is the only candidate in this year's Oswego mayoral race - effectively guaranteeing a second term.

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Early voting comes to New York this fall, but in Onondaga County, it’s not without some partisan controversy.

According to state law, counties will be required to open at least one early voting site for every 50,000 registered voters. Onondaga County selected six locations. Two are in the city of Syracuse, with four others spread around the rest of the county. 

Now some Democrats are saying that’s not enough. Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny would like to see eight locations, adding Onondaga Community College, and Cicero Town Hall to the mix.

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon appointed Matt Beadnell as the county comptroller, after the former comptroller, Bob Antonacci stepped down to become a state senator. A general election for comptroller will be held in November. Beadnell, a Republican and political newcomer, will face a more experienced Democratic challenger.

Beadnell is 30 years old and it’s his first time running for office. He worked in the comptroller office for two and half years prior. He said the campaign is going well, momentum is on his side and he brings a lot of energy as a younger guy.

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The Onondaga County Democratic Committee selected Tony Malavenda as its candidate to run for county executive this year. Malavenda is a businessman, born and raised in central New York. 

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A number of former refugees are running for office in Syracuse this year. One of them looks to challenge the city’s only Republican councilor.

Jay Subedi was born in Bhutan and became a refugee at the age of 12. Before coming to Syracuse in 2008, he spent 17 years at a refugee camp in Nepal.

“But that taught me so much,” Subedi said. “I’m here today to give back. My experience as a person who live in a refugee camp, very under poverty, where there is no better education, no good sleeping nights, no good water to drink every day.”