ITHACA, N.Y.—More local political figures have announced their support for Leslie Danks Burke as she pursues the Democratic nomination for New York State Senate District 53.

Danks Burke is currently opposed by former Binghamton City Council member Lea Webb and Ithaca chiropractor Dr. Ammitai Worob. The three have already faced off in one forum held by the Tompkins County Democratic Committee.

Among those who most recently announced their support for Danks Burke are retired Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin and former Ithaca Common Council and Tompkins County Legislator Pam Mackesey. Other endorsements announced include Eugene Burns of Vestal and Carol Howell of Endicott.

“Even as we see hazards keeping people down, struggling to make ends meet despite hard work, two years of pandemic behind us, when dangerous rhetoric isolates and divides us – our campaign brings together people from countless diverse perspectives to raise a collective voice for our beautiful region that has so much to offer,” Danks Burke said in an announcement. “It inspires me deeply to stand alongside so many people banding together to bring the real strength of democracy, the voices of many, to pull us forward.”

Webb and Danks Burke, in particular, have been trading prominent endorsement announcements throughout the race, including former Mayor Svante Myrick and several Tompkins County and Ithaca figures for Webb, while Danks Burke has been endorsed by current State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and several local labor unions.

Matt Butler

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