With just over a month until the election, all three Broome County District Attorney candidates came together for their first debate. Michael Korchak lost to Republican Paul Battisti in the primary and has changed parties to an independent candidate.
"I'm just really running on a different line because there's really no place for politics in the District Attorney's office. You have to follow the law of New York state as it's written. So you don't legislate, you prosecute," said Korchak.
Korchak and Battisti were joined by Democrat Debra Gelson to debate a variety of issues. One major focus was the opioid epidemic.
"Substance abuse, opioids, it's a major issue relatively related to so many of the problems we're seeing in Broome County. Additionally mental health, we're not doing enough for individuals battling mental health problems," said Battisti.
Debra Gelson believes she can help in another area of abuse.
"I intend to expand sex crimes child abuse unit, implement advocacy, as well as to promote identifying children at risk," said Gelson.