Candidate steps up in JC mayor race

By Steve Miller
By Matt Hicks

July 31, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A new candidate has stepped up for the race for Johnson City mayor

Barrett Esworthy, who was born and raised in the village, announced his candidacy Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Park.

Esworthy is an adjunct professor at Tompkins-Cortland Community College and local business owner.

He said he wants to eliminate blight on the south side while also revitalizing the business district and lowering property taxes.

He said the village could save money through more shared services.

"That has the potential to give not just a token drop in the property tax bill but a significant drop in the property tax bill," said Esworthy.

Esworthy is set to challenge the Republican incumbent, Greg Deemie, in November.