Republican Fred Akshar has defeated Democrat Barb Fiala in the race for the 52nd District New York State Senate Seat.  Akshar won by a better than 3-1 margin.  With all but one district reporting Akshar had a wide margin of over 27,000 votes to just over 8,000 for Barbara Fiala.

The position fills out the remainder of the term that was served by long-time Republican Thomas Libous.  Libous was accused and convicted of lying to FBI agents and forced to resign his senate seat.

Akshar has been in local law enforcement for a number of years and was believed to have been in line for the Broome County Sheriff's position after current sheriff David Harder retires.


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