2 Republican town councilors seek to oust Stirpe from NYS Assembly

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Cicero Town Councilor Mike Becallo and Manlius Town Councilor Vince Giordano are seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Assemblyman Al Stirpe for what's been one of the state's most-hotly contested state Assembly districts in the past decade. Stirpe has won four times and lost once in the past five elections for the 127th Assembly District seat that represents six Onondaga County towns. Two years ago, Stirpe and Republican opponent Rob DeMarco, and the state Democratic and Republican Assembly campaign committees spent a total of nearly $939,000 before Stirpe won the race by 2,406 votes. Becallo, 31, who was elected in 2013 to the Cicero town council, says he's ready to jump into the fray. Giordano, 73, has also contacted the county Republican committee to seek its endorsement to challenge Stirpe this year, said Tom Dadey, chairman of the Onondaga County Republican Committee.
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Vince Giordano, a Manlius town councilor who owns the Sno Top ice cream stand, is seeking the Onondaga County Republican Committee's endorsement to run for the 127th Assembly District seat against incumbent Democrat Al Stirpe. Giordano is shown in this 2008 file photo.

Giordano, who was first elected to the Manlius town board in 2009, unsuccessfully sought the nomination two years ago, when the committee endorsed DeMarco.

"Those two are making the rounds," Dadey said. "It's good to have two candidates who want to go against Stirpe." Based on voter enrollment, Republicans have a better chance of unseating Stirpe than they do the other two Democratic Assembly members in Onondaga County, Bill Magnarelli and Pam Hunter, Dadey said. Republicans make up 34 percent of the 127th Assembly District's active voters; 31 percent are Democrats and 27 percent are not enrolled in a party. The district includes the towns of Cicero, Clay, Manlius, Pompey, Fabiuis and Tully. Stirpe has $9,994 in his campaign funds, according to his latest campaign finance report. Related story: See how much campaign funds state Assembly members from CNY have Becallo said he's a Conservative Republican who biggest concern is reducing taxes and spending. In 2014, he voted against a Cicero town board motion to override the state's 2 percent cap on the town's tax levy. He said he's also voted against increasing town fees. "I see how New York State is going. It's very difficult to live here because of the high taxes. The majority of the people I grew up with aren't living here anymore. Someone has to stop the brain drain," he said. Becallo is employed as a by HealtheConnections, a nonprofit digital medical records repository that serves as the state-recognized regional health improvement organization for 11 Upstate counties. HealtheConnections has multi-million dollar contracts with the state Department of Health. He said he also owns two businesses in the medical industry, MedConsult, a consulting firm helps medical practices with electronic health records management. Another company, LifeSource Health Inc., which is in its infancy, will focus on getting critical health data to emergency medical service providers at point of care, he said. Giordano owns the Sno Top ice cream stand in Manlius. He could not be reached this morning for comment.

127th Assembly District

Lysander

Clay

Cicero

Van Buren

Salina

Geddes

Elbridge

Camillus

Manlius

Syracuse

Marcellus

DeWitt

Onondaga

Skaneateles

Onondaga Nation

Pompey

LaFayette

Otisco

Spafford

Fabius

Tully

Becallo said he's aware of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for municipal governments in New York state to consolidate to cut costs and lower property taxes. Becallo said he's not sure if he favors consolidating Onondaga County towns, the city of Syracuse and the county government into a metropolitan government.

"Consolidation the right way, I'm for it. But the devil is in the details," he said. He said he'd oppose any move to merge the Cicero Police Department with the county sheriff's office, he said. Becallo said he doesn't know Stirpe well, but says Stirpe votes too often with the Democratic Assembly leadership, which is controlled by New York City politicians.     January 20, 2016 - www.syracuse.com

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