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Candidates cast their votes in 116th Assembly District Special Election

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Tuesday is Primary Day, and many candidates throughout the region will find out who goes on to the General Election in November.

However, it's also Special Election Day, where two people are vying for the seat once held by Assemblywoman RoAnn Destito.

The 116th Assembly District has been without representation since Destito vacated the seat to become Commissioner of the Office of General Services for the State of New York.

Now vying for her seat is Republican Greg Johnson, who went up against Destito in the last election. Johnson is a retired pilot, who says he has a jobs plan already put together that involves the airport at Griffiss in Rome.

Johnson wants to build a $6.3 million passenger terminal that he says will create jobs and attract commercial airlines to the region.

Johnson cast his vote Tuesday morning around 8 a.m. at the Maynard Fire Station in Marcy.

Also running is Democrat Anthony Brindisi, a local lawyer who works for his family's law firm and has served on the Utica School Board.

Brindisi says his main focus is attracting companies to the area to create more jobs. He says he wants to do that by focusing on private sector business and cutting taxes for businesses.

Brindisi voted just around Noon at Proctor High School in Utica.

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