Rachel May

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State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins joined other leaders Friday for a tour of the proposed future site of Onondaga County’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, or STEAM school. 

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The Alliance for Quality Education brought its education equality tour to Syracuse Friday to highlight student needs as the governor and legislature enter the final month of budget negotiations. 

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Syracuse area residents will have two new state senators representing them this term. Democrat Rachel May is taking over for 14 year incumbent Dave Valesky in the 53rd senate district and Republican Bob Antonacci is replacing retried State Seantor John Defransisco.

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The House of Representatives flipped from Republican to Democrat on Tuesday, and New York's 22nd Congressional District contributed to the shift in political power.

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Many voters in the State Senate’s 53rd District might not know the seat is wide open considering it could help tip the balance of the chamber to the Democrats. 


Senator Dave Valesky had decided to end his campaign for re-election, saying the time has come to move on.  Valesky narrowly lost the democratic primary to Rachel May earlier this month.  He released a statement today that indicated the difficult choice he had to make.


Democrats in the state senate’s 53rd district will have a choice on tomorrow’s ballot between a long-term in incumbent and a progressive challenger.  Dave Valesky is trying to fend off strong opposition from Rachel May.   

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New York Senate Candidate Rachel May says the disbanding of the Independent Democratic Conference might open the door for progressive change in the state.  The IDC was a small faction within the Democratic Party that typically caucused and voted with Republicans.  May is challenging incumbent David Valesky, a now-former IDC member, for the 53rd district seat.  She says she hopes to help change the attitude in the State Senate.

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A Syracuse resident who’s been politically active behind the scenes for decades has decided it’s her turn to enter the fray as a candidate.   Rachel May is seeking the democratic nomination for the 53rd district senate seat held by Dave Valesky.   She wants to make a few things clear:

"I am a mother, an educator, a concerned citizen, and a democrat," she declared.