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Republican Reaction to Vacant Senate Seat

Local Republicans are also weighing in on the vacant seat in the 52nd Senate District.

In a statement Broome County Republican Chairman, Bijoy Datta said he has met with neighboring county chairs, elected officials, and others about the open seat. He says details will be coming in the days ahead. Binghamton Mayor Rich David and Broome County Executive Debbie Preston both shared their thoughts about potential candidacies.

"Is it something that I have made a decision on one way or another, the answer is no. Is it something I'm open to? Under the right circumstances, possibly. But from my standpoint I have a lot of projects on the drawing board. I have a lot of projects that are in motion right now," said David.

"This one's going to run, that one's going to run. It sort of reminds me of when someone passes. We don't even get to bury the person. With me it really hasn't sunk in," said Preston.

The 52nd District includes Broome and Tioga counties, as well as parts of Chenango and Delaware counties. Both David and Preston said Libous delivered results to the Southern Tier.