In the Finger Lakes region, there will be at least one broadcast debate in the race for an open state Senate seat.

Just five days before Election Day, three candidates in the 54th State Senate district will take part in a debate on

Republican Pam Helming, the Canandaigua town supervisor, Democrat Kenan Baldridge, the Town of Rose supervisor,  and Reform Party candidate Floyd Rayburn will be in the Seneca Falls radio and TV studio on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. for the debate.  

The 54th State Senate District includes all of Seneca and Wayne Counties, and parts of Cayuga, Tompkins, Ontario and Monroe counties.   It’s the first time the seat has been open in 24 years.  

Incumbent Republican Conservative Mike Nozzolio announced last winter he would retire in December because he needed to have open heart surgery, followed by a recovery period which would not allow him to maintain the hectic schedule of a state Senator.