DRYDEN -- NYS Sen. James Seward will have at least one opponent this year.
Whoever is elected to the 51st State Senate district, in November, will represent a portion of southern Cayuga County beginning the first of the year -- the towns of Owasco, Niles, Moravia, Sempronius, Locke and Summerhill; that's because of redistricting.
Seward currently represents that district, and he's been in the Senate for the past 26 years. And while he may not have an opponent in November's general election -- he ran unopposed, two years ago -- Tea Party member Jim Blake is challenging Seward, this year, for the Republican ballot slot.
The GOP primary will be held September 11th.
In related story, U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long will appear at a Tea Party event in Oneonta tomorrow. The rally, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., was put together by Carl Paladino, the 2010 GOP candidate for governor.
Long's appearance is a bit of a surprise because she'll be at the same event with two candidates who are challenging established Republicans. Mike Kicinski is fighting Congressman Richard Hanna for the Conservative Party line; and the Bake against Seward race.
ON THE COVER -- Tea Party Rally in Washington, D.C.