Huddled with about two dozen supporters inside the gazebo on the Tioga County Courthouse lawn, the former Vestal Supervisor outlined her experience and her objectives in entering the race.
Starzak said she wants the state to provide the level of aid promised to local school districts before the recession. And she wants more state investment in infrastructure and technology-based industry with a long-term future.
But she repeatedly returned to the theme of ethics and good government.
Her opponent, Republican incumbent Tom Libous, was indicted by the federal government last month for allegedly lying to the FBI about his involvement in securing a job for his son.
Libous has denied the accusation.
"At the end of June, I decided that this region needed somebody who truly represented them in the New York State Senate. And who would serve the public interest over their own," said Starzak.
Starzak also held a similar rally in Binghamton Tuesday, and plans ones in Norwich and Delaware County Wednesday.
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