Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is seeking higher office.

Surrounded by family, friends and supporters at the Liberty Bell Park in downtown Utica today, Brindisi announced his intention to run for the 22nd District Congressional seat in 2018.

A scheduled Binghamton rally was postponed because of an extraordinary session in Albany.

"In Congress, I will be an independent voice for upstate New York.  I'm ready to work with anyone to get things done and bring positive change and new jobs to our community.  I believe bipartisanship is the key to finding solutions that can make a difference for our families and community." said Brindisi.

Brindisi says he'll serve out his term in the Assembly and then concentrate on his run for Congress.

The 22nd District Congressional seat is currently held by Republican Claudia Tenney.

Tenney says she's excited that Brindisi has decided to run for Congress because voters will have a very clear choice.

She says Brindisi's record embodies the corrupt, failed policies she's fought against for years.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX