Dr. Stephen Coleman is the host of "Coleman and Company."  The "Ph.D. of Politics" has provided political analysis and commentary in New York and Pennsylvania for 25-years. He is professor emeritus at Elmira College and has taught political science at leading universities, including Boston University, Northeastern University, and Rutgers University.  He is famous for his signature phrase--"that's my opinion, what's yours?"    Frank Acomb is the host of “Frankly Speaking,” a conservative talk radio show that can be heard weekday mornings from 6-9 on News Talk 1230/1450AM & 106.9FM. His show focuses on local, statewide and national politics. Frank has interviewed many national figures, as well as candidates for nearly every elected office. Jerome Emanuel, a native of Elmira, New York has an extensive business background with almost twenty years in the automobile industry, sixteen of those as a Sales Manager or General Manager for franchised dealerships. He spent two years working for Chemung County’s Department of Social Services helping to implement the photo ID program for the Medicaid Division and also worked in Child Protective Services. While working for Chemung County, he was chosen to represent Chemung County as a Loaned Executive for the United Way. Most recently, he helped to build and create the Elmira Entrepreneurs group. Jerome also was a member of the Business and Economic Development workgroup for the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) and is currently a member of the Chemung County Entrepreneurial Task Force. Recently, Jerome was selected to be a part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Natural Leaders Initiative in Elmira.
Jim Hare graduated from the State University at Albany with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Social Studies.  He is a Vietnam Era Veteran serving from 1969-71.  Jim retired after 32 years as an American History and Government teacher from the Elmira City School District.  He is a former board member of the Elmira Water Board, Chemung Co. Library District, Southside Community Center, Soaring Capital Soccer Club, Elmira Sewer District and Youth Bureau, is a former Elmira Mayor, and served 28 years on City Council.  He was twice the president of Elmira Little Theater, is the founder of the Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery, and is currently a member of the board and is Chair of the New Beginnings United Methodist Church, church council. Shawn Hogan Shawn D. Hogan is the former Mayor of the City of Hornell, serving 8 consecutive 4 year terms (32 years), decided not to run again in 2017. Hogan was the longest tenured City Mayor at the time of his retirement. Currenlty Hogan is an Executive Consultant with the City of Hornell Industrial Development Agency, working on various Economic Development projects. Hogan is also the Chairman to the Steuben County Democratic Committee and has been since 1990. Hogan is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University 1974. Hogan was also a former school Board Member and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of St. James Hospital. Shawn D. Hogan resides in Hornell with his wife of 39 years Holly, has 4 grown children and 9 grand children. Dr. Denis Kingsley has been a resident in the Southern Tier since 1961. He received his doctorate from Cornell University – Educational Administration/Industrial Labor Relations. Dr. Kingsley was a school administrator; 26 years as a principal in the Horseheads Central School District. He was also a physician assistant for 17 years in dermatology, and two years in pain management. Dr. Kingsley is a recurring guest/political analyst on the Coleman Sunday morning TV program. He's also an avid Seneca Lake sailor.
Dora Leland has been educating children in civics and American History for the past 28 years. She is an active union leader and community organizer. She is the president of the Chemung-Schuyler Central Labor Council and a Political Action Coordinator for New York State United Teachers. She co-founded Citizens for a Better Southern Tier, a grassroots, non-partisan organization aimed at giving a voice to the people of the 23r Congressional District. Tracy Mitrano is an educator, lawyer, Internet and cybersecurity policy specialist. From modest family circumstances in Rochester, Mitrano attended the University of Rochester, Binghamton University where she earned a doctorate in American History, and Cornell Law School. Mitrano has taught over a broad subject-matter from religious and social history to family and social policy and internet law and policy. Director of Information Technologies Policy at Cornell University for many years, she was also the academic dean of a cybersecurity certificate program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mitrano was the 2018 Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality Party candidate for New York’s 23 Congressional District. Dr. Mike Morrongiello is the former chairman of the Corning City Republican Committee. Mike has written numerous articles that have appeared in both the Elmira Star-Gazette and the Corning Leader. He is a frequent guest on Frankly Speaking with Frank Acomb. Mike is the author and owner of the Boisterous Seas Blog ( Mike has been been a participatint for Dr. Steven Coleman’s Political Pundit Nights.Mike is a psychologist in private practice who specilizes in Forensic Psychology.  
Senator Tom O'Mara New York State Senator Tom O'Mara was first elected to the Senate in 2010, following three consecutive terms as a State Assemblyman. Senator O’Mara’s 58th Senate District covers all of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties, and a portion of Tompkins County (the city and town of Ithaca, and the towns of Enfield, Newfield and Ulysses). At the beginning of the 2019 legislative session, Senator O'Mara was appointed the Ranking Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also serves as a member on the following four Senate committees: Banks, Codes, Environmental Conservation, and Transportation. Congressman Tom Reed, a former All-American swimmer, serves on the powerful House Ways and Means committee - which control’s U.S. tax, trade, health and Social Security matters – and co-chairs the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus – a group of 24 Republicans and 24 Democrats who meet weekly to solve some of the most contentious issues facing our country today. Thomas Reilly is retired from the private practice of law where he did mostly trial work.  He is happily practicing a different type of law.  Tom is now registered as an Independent (no party) due to frustration with both major parties who increasing represent less and less people.
Tom Santulli was born and raised in Elmira, NY. He graduated with a Master's degree in education from Elmira College in 1975. From 1971 to 1990, Tom worked as a probation officer and, later, a probation supervisor in both New York State family County and County Court. He served four 2-year terms on Elmira City Council before being appointed as Deputy County Executive in 1991. Tom was elected as County Executive in 2000 and was reelected in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. Tom is also highly involved in the community. Joseph Sempolinski is the Chairman of the Steuben County Republican Committee. He was raised in the Painted Post area and currently lives in Bath with his wife and daughter. He holds degrees from Georgetown University (BA) and Yale University (MA and M.Phil.) and is a graduate of what was then Corning - Painted Post West High School. He has worked on political campaigns in the Southern Tier since 2003 and has been a campaign manager at the Congressional level. He served as a senior level congressional staffer for over 5 years.  Dr. Matt Seybold is Assistant Professor of American Literature & Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, as well as resident scholar at the Center for Mark Twain Studies and editor of He is also co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Literature & Economics, published in 2018. His writings on the intersection of political economy, mass media, and literary culture have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Aeon Magazine, and numerous academic journals, and have been cited by The Atlantic, Bloomberg View, Financial Times, and Politico. Like Mark Twain, Dr. Seybold has made a lifelong study of America’s cultural and geographical diversity. He was raised in Indiana, went to college at Washington University in St. Louis, received his Ph.D. from University of California - Irvine, and had his first academic appointment at University of Alabama, before coming to Elmira.
Christina (Bruner) Sonsire is a native of Elmira. A graduate of Notre Dame High School, Christina attended Georgetown University where she recently became the first female soccer player ever inducted into Georgetown’s Sports Hall of Fame. Christina is a partner at the Ziff Law Firm and a Chemung County Legislator for the 7th District. Christina is married to Damian Sonsire, an Assistant Chemung County Attorney, and they have two young daughters. Shawn Vargo has been the Executive Editor of The Leader since 2016. He was born and raised in Corning, NY, and has degrees from Corning Community College and Cornell University. Vargo resides in Painted Post with his family. He is the former managing editor of a newspaper in the Dallas Metroplex before returning to the Corning area, where he spent more than 13 years as the sports editor at The Leader and coached youth sports for more than 10 years. Georgia Verdier resides in Corning, New York, holds a Master’s degree in Education, with a concentration in psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Public Service Administration. She is a community activist, retired Health Care Manager, New York State Department of Mental Health, and President of the Elmira/Corning Branch of the NAACP.
Nick Weinstein is a campaign strategist and the chairman of the Corning City Republican Committee. He was the youngest ever major party candidate for Mayor of the City of Corning in 2017 and is a veteran of five federal campaigns and numerous local campaigns. He worked most recently as the Campaign Manager for Tom Reed’s 2018 re-election where he organized a campaign that overcame the “blue-wave” to deliver a double-digit victory on Election Day. His work has generated headlines on Fox and Friends, Drudge Report, the Washington Examiner, Washington Free Beacon, and The Hill along with regional and state outlets. He is a lifelong resident of the Corning community and gives back as the philanthropy chair for the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross, and member of the board of the Corning Area Young Professionals. George H. Winner, Jr. is a lifelong resident of Chemung County and currently is a practicing Attorney with the firm of Keyser, Maloney & Winner,LLP in downtown Elmira. He served as NYS Assemblyman for 26 years assuming the position of Minority Leader Pro Tempore for the last 14. In 2004 he was elected to the NYS Senate where he served for 6 years before retiring in 2010. His community involvements are numerous including currently a Trustee of Elmira College. He has three daughters and reside with his wife Lynn in the City of Elmira. Rev. Nathaniel Wright was licensed to the ministry on December 8, 1996. On December 11, 2005, Reverend Wright was installed as the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, where he continues to serve today. Rev. Wright maintains an active role in the social and political issues of the Central New York region. Rev. Wright is blessed to have a Spirit-filled and gifted woman of God as a partner in ministry; he and the former Stephanie A. Simmons were married on April 26, 2003. They received a precious gift, their son, Malachi Nathaniel Wright, on Wednesday, September 24, 2008.