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Tompkins legislator announces bid for NYS Senate

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Mike Sigler, a Tompkins County legislator, has officially announced his candidacy for the 52nd State Senate District in New York, challenging incumbent Lea Webb in the upcoming 2024 election. Sigler, introduced by Sheriff Fred Akshar at the Sons of Italy in Endicott, positions himself as a moderate seeking practical solutions to public safety and other key issues. He criticizes Webb for her approach to bail reform and public safety, as well as her response to rising utility costs.

Sigler, highlighting his approach to problem-solving, challenges Webb’s strategies, particularly her response to the NYSEG rate hike, suggesting alternative policies over government programs. His campaign faces challenges as he would be a member of the minority party if elected. Despite this, Sigler emphasizes the importance of persistence and innovative thinking in politics.

The announcement also sparked a protest from Webb’s supporters, criticizing Sigler’s involvement in a lawsuit against Governor Kathy Hochul’s legislation on voter rights expansion. The lawsuit argues that mail-in voting contradicts the state constitution. Sigler believes in the necessity of constitutional adherence in voting processes. With the election 285 days away, the race for the 52nd District is poised to be a closely watched contest in New York politics.