New Hartford

Tina Russell / Utica Observer Dispatch

The surviving brother in the brutal church beating in New Hartford made his first appearance in court yesterday.

In a barely audio voice, 17-year-old Christopher Leonard testified he and his brother were beaten by family members and others members of the Word of Life Church. Lucas Leonard, who was 19, died from his injuries.

Kevin Montano / New York Reporting Project at Utica College

A week after the brutal beating of two teenage boys at the Word of Life Church in New Hartford, about 150 community members gathered Tuesday night outside the church building for a candlelight vigil.

Tina Russell / Utica Observer-Dispatch

A judge ruled that the two parents who were charged with first-degree manslaughter in New Hartford for the death of their son will now face a grand jury. Four others have also been charged in the beatings during a so-called counseling session which a witness said lasted about 14 hours.

The race for central New York's 22nd Congressional District, which spans from Binghamton to Utica, is heating up. Incumbent Rep. Richard Hanna and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney are competing head-to-head for the Republican Party's nod in June's primary election. WRVO's Gino Geruntino recently spoke with Tenney to learn about why she's decided to challenge Hanna.

GG: Why is it that now is a good time to run for Congress?