BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) -- People in Chemung County had another chance to hear directly from candidates running in the Chemung County races next month. The nearly three hour event was held at the Big Flats Community Center Wednesday night and was hosted by the Chemung County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs.
About 60 people - including many candidates - came out for the discussion. Those who are running for a legislative seat each had a chance to address the audience, directly.
All three candidates running for Chemung County Executive were there - Current Chemung County Deputy Executive and President of Southern Tier Economic Growth (STEG) Michael Krusen (I), current Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss (R), and businessman Jerome Emanuel (D).
The event did get heated at times, specifically between Krusen and Moss, when the topic of the County Sales Tax came up. Other big ticket items discussed included poverty in Elmira and the relationship between the county and the city.
"It was the idea to hear their views on sports and hunting and fishing and those types of things, but we knew it was going to go into other areas that the main topics of this year's election; sales tax and things like that, and crime and drugs and all those things. But we're happy that the community came out. We had quite a crowd here and we look forward to putting more of these on for the community," says Rodney Strange, Government Affairs Representative for the Chemung Co. Federation of Sportsman's Clubs. Strange is also the 15th District Legislator, who is seeking re-election, unopposed.
Organizers say they hope to make the Federation more active in the community and plan to hold other similar events in the future. Election day is set for November 6th and the last day to register to vote in New York is this Friday, October 12th.
Information about how to register to vote can be found here: https://www.ny.gov/services/register-vote
Polling location information for Chemung County can be found here: https://www.chemungcountyny.gov/departments/a_-_f_departments/board_of_elections/chemung_county_polling_places_and_sample_ballot.php
A list of candidates running in the General Election in Chemung County can be found here: https://www.chemungcountyny.gov/Ballot%20-%20General%20Election%20Candidates%202018.pdf