Yes, elections still happen in odd years. Lacking the media hype of a presidential election or the mid-terms, odd year elections are just as important. Perhaps even moreso as these elections feature more local and regional races, like Mayoral, County & State Legislatures, among others. In this case it’s the 2021 County Clerk race. [See exclusive video coverage below]
The SUNY Broome Civic Engagement Board had organized a non-partisan candidate meet & greet as part of its efforts to promote voting. Both candidates agreed to the date, time, and event. The League of Women Voters had its regional division sign on, and a local news station stated they would provide coverage in addition to independent media. But that was all before October.
24 hours before the event, the Republican (Joe Mihalko) withdrew from the event. Personal reasons were stated as why. No further comment was made to news media. If you aren’t sure why this matters, just consider the hype that surrounded claims of debate dodging that occurred in the 2018 and 2020 congressional races for the NY-22. News media poured out stories on all candidates, highlighting claims of failing the public. Only in an odd election year is this not considered serious news.
That said, the Democrat candidate (Harris Weiss) did confirm that he would still attend. But the League of Women Voters had to pull out of the event, as with only 1 candidate it was no longer non-partisan in their view. The only news coverage of the event – as of this article – included 0 video coverage (though a member of the major press did record the event).
But we did record the entire event as well. Turns out this is now an exclusive due to lack of news media interest. We also exclusively spoke to Harris Weiss after the event, and are providing that coverage too.
Because one of the big issues suggested by the candidate wasn’t a suggestion of keeping DMV and County Clerk fees out of the hands of New York State Government. That idea has been suggested, by Democrats and Republicans in both Houses of NY State Legislature since 2015 and till this day. No, the new thought was removing the partisan appointment of staffing that is common practice. Instead giving promotions and leadership positions to staff who earned it in their decades of service.
Even that was not the only big issue discussed at SUNY Broome. Mr. Weiss took questions about providing illegal aliens with driver licenses (Weiss plans to follow the Green Light Law), the impact of the #evictioncrisis on the County and State, as well as ideas on improving services by copying what is being done in Erie County.
Rather than quoting Harris Weiss, here is our coverage of every question asked and every answer given.
** Note – we have set a time to interview Mr. Weiss in the near-term. We have not been able to confirm an interview with Mr. Mihalko as of this time, though the offer stands. We do NOT take a side in this election race, and seek only to provide the public with information.**