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Palmesano Will Run for State Assembly

Steuben County Legislator Phil Palmesano (R-Corning) will seek election this November to the New York State Assembly representing Steuben and Yates counties in the 136th Assembly District.Palmesano, 41, who currently represents the city of Corning in the county Legislature, formally expressed his intention to enter the race to replace Assemblyman Jim Bacalles at Monday’s meeting of Steuben County GOP members. Bacalles is making a bid to succeed State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira) in New York’s 53rd Senatorial District.Palmesano will face a September primary to secure the Republican nomination. He plans to stress his 15 years of problem-solving constituent service experience and the working partnerships he’s established with so many local officials and community organizations throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.“Every candidate in this primary race will share a strong commitment to a stronger economy, better jobs, a more business friendly state, lower property taxes, and less state spending. That’s the common ground,” said Palmesano. “But the voters have one simple question: How can you get Albany to do something about it? That’s been my experience. For the past 15 years I’ve worked with so many local community officials, families, employers, workers, taxpayers and others who’ve been shortchanged by our broken state and federal bureaucracies. I understand the challenges facing the people in this district and have worked very hard to help them. We’ve worked together individual experience by individual experience, and community challenge by community challenge to find creative, effective, and successful ways to solve problems and make government work better. It can be done, and I’m excited by this opportunity to share my ideas and my commitment with the residents of Steuben and Yates counties.”Since 1995, Palmesano has served as an aide for several area state and federal lawmakers, including former Assemblyman Don Davidsen, Assemblyman Jim Bacalles, Congressman Randy Kuhl and Senator George Winner, for whom he currently serves as district director.A native of Hornell, Palmesano graduated from Hornell High School in 1987 and St. Bonaventure University in 1991. He currently resides in Corning with his wife Laura, a registered nurse at Corning Hospital, seven year-old daughter Leah, and five-year-old son Sam.

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