Cayuga County legislator Keith Batman announced Wednesday he will seek the Democratic nomination to run for State Assembly in the 126th District. He said a lot went into his decision.
Batman says there’s a number of issues facing the district, including the quality of our water.
Batman has resided in Scipio for over forty years and spent most of his career as an educator at various local colleges before becoming Dean of Continuing Education at Cayuga Community College. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children and one grandchild.
Batman has served as a member of the Southern Cayuga Central School Board and Supervisor in the Town of Scipio. He was recently elected to a second term on the Cayuga County Legislature. He has served as Chair of the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency and been a member of the Cayuga County Board of Health and the Cayuga County Parks Commission.
Michael Quill, Mayor of Auburn, says, “I am excited about Keith’s bid for the Assembly 126 seat. He will bring to the Assembly the same focus and concern for our City that he has brought to the Cayuga County Legislature.”
Ian Phillips, Chair of the Cayuga County Democratic Committee, is behind Batman’s candidacy and stated that he, “will be discussing an endorsement with the Cayuga County Democratic Committee in the coming weeks.”
The 126th District includes parts of Cayuga, Onondaga, Cortland and Chenango counties. To date, the incumbent, Gary Finch, has not announced plans to seek reelection.