Attack ad takes aim at Esworthy

By Matt Porter

October 30, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 10:04 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Less than one week before the election, the Broome County Republican Committee mailed a flyer to Johnson City residents attacking Democrat Barrett Esworthy.

Esworthy is challenging the Republican incumbent, Mayor Greg Deemie.

In big block letters on the front of this flyer asks, "Can we trust Barrett Esworthy?"

The back of the flyer asks three questions challenging Esworthy's policies and his residency.

Esworthy has reported three residences reported to the Broome County Board of Elections.

The first was filed in June at 62 Cook St., but the renter backed out at the last minute.

Esworthy said he then turned to his own properties temporarily.

The first at 178 Harrison St., and then he's planned a move to 180 Harrison St.

Esworthy said he and his wife planned to move from their Apalachin home to Johnson City before he decided to run for mayor.

"Whether I ran for mayor or not we decided earlier this year that we were going to move back to Johnson City," Esworthy said. "Because that's where I'm from originally."

Esworthy said he and his pregnant wife are looking for permanent housing in the village.

Meanwhile, he said he's splitting his time in Apalachin with time alone in several of his rental properties.

"We're trying to find a house that will be our final home that we'll live in until we retire."

It's not against the law for Esworthy to live outside the village before election day.

The flyer also said Esworthy's plan to give tax breaks to south side properties includes six of his own.

Esworthy said that's wrong.

If elected, his properties would not be included in any tax break because of the conflict of interest.

The final allegation in the flyer said Esworthy may have filed a restraining order against the town of Union code enforcement.

He said that's false.

"They're in panic mode," Esworthy said. "They're very desperate this late in the game."

Mayor Deemie said nothing has him panicked, and the facts about Esworthy's multiple residencies are clearly stated in the flyer.

"It's politics. I'm sorry. It is what it is. It happens in political races, that's what they do," Deemie said.

The Broome County Republican Committee were responsible for the mailing.

Bijoy Datta, chairman of the Broome County Republican Party, released a statement.

"There are questions about Barrett Esworthy's candidacy for Mayor of Johnson City," Datta said. "Voters deserve to be aware of these questions, like why he's been cited repeatedly for code violations, and why he's listed multiple addresses as his residence over the past several months."