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Catching up with the Candidates for City of Cortland Mayor


The race for who will become City of Cortland Mayor will be decided on Election Day as two candidates contend for the position. 

Republican and current Mayor Scott Steve is running for re-election to the post, and is being challenged by the Democrat-endorsed Luke Stevenson. X101 recently spoke with Steve who discussed why he’s running for re-election.

“Well, the primary reason to run for re-election is to continue on the journey that has already started. So we have many issues, whether they’re financial issues or the housing issues with the homeless and the housing stock issues, and creating more housing amongst the rest. So there’s many projects that have to get done.”

While X101 recently caught up with Stevenson, who explains what made him decide to run for office. 

“Back in May there was the state of emergency declared in Cortland County because of the refugee situation and our housing crisis. And so I started going to the county legislative meetings as well as the Common Council meetings to see what emergency response was manifesting in our city. And i didn’t really see one and that shocked me.”

Stevenson adds that the refugee housing situation made him want to be a proactive force in the community. Election Day takes place November 7th.

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