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Battisti Wins DA Primary, Turns Focus On General Election

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

After claiming victory in the Republican primary for Broome County District Attorney, Paul Battisti is preparing for the general election this November.

"I feel very good, very humbled and honored to be able to have the trust and support of the Republican party here in Broome County and to be the Republican candidate for Broome County District Attorney," says Battisti.

It was a tight race, with Battisti maintaining his lead by 173 votes according to unofficial numbers from the Board of Elections.

On Tuesday, Battisti told reporters he is focusing on ramping up his campaign again ahead of the general election. He will be facing Democrat Debra Gelson, also a local attorney. 

Battisti says if elected into the office, he wants to focus on mental health issues that he says are at the root of a lot of the crime in Broome County.

"We must focus on those mental health issues. If we don't do it, we see the revolving doors of the criminal justice system and we see repeat offenders. Mental health and substance abuse are relatively related to so many crimes here in Broome County and it's so important to treat those individuals and if individuals have a chance and they're not violent offenders then we give them the help they need," says Battisti.

Battisti says he has not heard from his primary opponent Michael Korchak after the absentee ballot count.