Candidates square off in Senate 60th district race

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  The hotly contested senate 60th district race between Democrat Amber Small and Republican Chris Jacobs is heating up. The seat became available when its current holder, Marc Panepinto, announced earlier this year he would not seek reelection.

On November 8th the candidates will square off. Both say ethics reform is a big priority, with term limits a big push for Jacobs. He said, “With all the corruption we’ve seen, one of the problems we have is voter apathy. Some people just don’t want to get out and vote because they just don’t believe things will change. I want to be part of a movement that instills that faith in government.That’s why I’ve laid out a pretty aggressive reform platform. One of my reforms being term limits with people staying in Albany way too long and lose sight of why they’re supposed to be there.”

Amber Small said, “You’re seeing all of these fluffy proposals being proposed by Republican candidates about term limits or small pieces of the puzzle which won’t actually get comprehensive reforms. Unless we change the way money comes into politics we’re never going to change this vicious cycle of corruption we’re seeing.”
Both candidates say they have high hopes for what they can do in the Senate for voters in their district,agreeing to continue a pattern of growth here in Buffalo.

Jacobs said, “We need to see that momentum continue. We need to see cranes on the skyline, construction, young people wanting to stay here, jobs being created. We’ve had about 40 years of economic decline. We’ve had a couple years of positive growth. I want to make sure that growth continues for decades to come so we see the renaissance we deserve.”

Small said, “Community representation. That’s really what it’s all about. Having a strong, focused advocate for our community. I’ve built my career in public service, and I want to continue that work in the senate for our neighbors here in the 60th district.”
Meanwhile Governor Andrew Cuomo has not endorsed either candidate less then 10 days until the election. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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