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Newly-elected Senator Akshar comes to Albany

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Newly-elected Senator Fred Akshar and Karen DeWitt
Matt Ryan

Just days after blowing-out Democrat Barbara Fiala at the polls, newly-elected Senator Fred Akshar sits down with us this week on the program.

In a quiet year, this special election in the Southern Tier drew the most attention from political observers.  Longtime lawmaker Tom Libous lost his seat this summer after he was found guilty of lying to the FBI, creating the opening.  Akshar, a Republican like his predecessor, now represents his home region, one that has been hurting economically for years. How much?  Akshar says many in the area refer to it not as the Southern Tier but the "Forgotten Tier." 

Watch the complete interview above.