Local candidates for District Attorney prepare to file petitions

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A pair of Republican Candidates for District Attorney have taken the next step to getting their names on the primary ballot.

Candidate Paul Battisti was at the Board of Elections yesterday filing the 2,290 petition signatures he collected.

Battisti has been an attorney for 14 years and currently runs his own private practice Battisti Law Offices. 

He says it was nice getting out to meet people in the area and he’s ready to work to make our community safer. “It feels great. It’s a sense of accomplishment. Got a lot of work to do because we need to bring a lot of the needed change to Broome County. Really got to work on what we’re seeing on a daily basis. Got to curb the violent crime rise, got to work on the opioid overdose deaths and got to work on bringing a lot of people together between the law enforcement community and the district attorney’s office.”

Battisti’s opponent for the primary, Republican Mike Korchak, filed his 3,400 petition signatures with the board of elections more than a thousand more than Battisti. 

Korchak has been a lawyer for 30 years, 21 of them as a prosecutor and is currently the Chief Assistant District Attorney.

If both sets of petitions withstand any potential challenges, they’ll face each other in the Republican primary on June 25th.

Current DA Steve Cornwell announced earlier this year that he will not seek a second term.

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