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MASSENA - The Republican challenger to Addie Jenne Russell’s seat in the state Assembly paid a visit to Massena on Thursday, attending that evening’s village board meeting prior to holding a meet and greet at the VFW.

“I didn’t want to be a stranger to the elected officials here,” Mr. Byrne told village officials at the meeting.

After being introduced by Mayor James F. Hidy, Mr. Byrne told village officials that their work is appreciated.

“I think you guys are doing a great job,” he said, adding he’s impressed by the amount of shared services between the town and village.

Mr. Hidy said he wanted it to be known that any candidate for political office who serves or would be serving people in the village if they were elected could attend one of their meetings.

“We’re open to anyone running for office who serves or would serve the residents of our community,” Mr. Hidy said. “Regardless of their party, they will be introduced and have an opprotunity to tell us about themselves.”

When asked why he decided to run for office, Mr. Byrne said he wanted to help communities all across the Assembly River District stretching along the St. Lawrence from Jefferson County to Massena..

“I see the direction things things were headed and I think I could help bring positive change to the the 116th Assembly District, and I think the people here are worthy of it,” he said.

Mr. Byrne is one of three candidates seeking Ms. Russell’s Assembly seat. John Humphrey of Brownville, a fellow Republican, and Russell J. Finley of Lisbon, a registered Conservative, have also declared their intentions to run for the seat.

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