Lone Republican Barely Ahead In Binghamton City Council Race

By Jessica Light

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 7, 2007 at 5:26 PM EST

The lone Republican voice on Binghamton City Council's barely ahead in his race.

In the 5th district, 7 votes separate incumbent Chris Papastrat and challenger Sean Massey.

At least 70 absentee ballots will decide the winner.

We caught up with Papastrat at his business, the Park Diner.

He believes there are enough independent thinkers on city council.

But as the only Republican, he hopes to stay to make sure the checks and balance system against the Mayor's office works.

"If he has an idea that we feel is not for the benefit of the city or could you know, not really be in the best interest there's no reason why we can't criticize that and bring out ideas to light and have a compromise at that point," says Papastrat.

Democratic challenger Sean Massey believes council has been very diverse in ideology.

He tells Action News what's most important is working together to move the city forward.

The Town of Vestal also has a close council race.

One vote separates Republicans Francis Majewski and Jeffrey Valent.

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