ELMIRA, N.Y. — New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced his endorsement of Leslie Danks Burke in her bid to unseat incumbent Republican state Senator Tom O’Mara on Wednesday night.

DiNapoli made the announcement on the big screen, via a video call at the Elmira Drive-in Theatre, where the Danks Burke campaign was holding another screening of Albany Bound: The Musical.

“The best candidates, and the best elected officials, are the ones who always make the effort to reach out and listen to voters; the ones who aren’t afraid to be honest and disagree respectfully,” said DiNapoli. “Right now, we need more elected officials like that, because people have seen too much corruption, watched too many out-of-touch politicians, and heard too many broken promises. I’m pleased to endorse Leslie Danks Burke for State Senate because she has these skills; she’s tough and honest, and will give this district the attention and resources it deserves.”

Previously, the musical was screened in Ithaca at a similar campaign event at Serendipity’s Backlot in August. The musical was written by Rachel Lampert and directed by Lesley Greene and Lampert and featured students and local actors.

DiNapoli joins other statewide elected officials U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in endorsing Danks Burke bid for state senate. She previously challenged state Sen. Tom O’Mara in 2016.

“I’m so grateful to the talented artists and actors who put together this movie to engage our community in raising a voice for our region,” said Danks Burke. “I’m also deeply honored to have the support of Tom DiNapoli, whose integrity and commitment to civil service are truly inspirational.”

Danks Burke is an attorney and longtime advocate of healthcare, childcare and rural economy. She has previously picked up the endorsements of New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer, Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 267, and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Working Families Party, among others.

She will face off with Sen. Tom O’Mara in the general elections to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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