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November 4, 2012

114th Assembly race: Stec vs. Tarantino

With no incumbent, new district seat for the taking


He said New York has burdensome rules and regulations that hamper job creation and that he’ll try to streamline and rewrite the process.

“Jobs can be retained by eliminating unnecessary government regulations and providing financial assistance to companies through state grants and the regional development councils. All local employers should be encouraged to take advantage of state programs for their benefit.

“Governor Cuomo will prove that ‘New York is open for business’ by providing incentives to businesses that wish to locate in New York state. As an assemblyman, I intend to work closely with entrepreneurs, existing businesses and new business prospects to ensure that our hardworking men and women have opportunities to earn a living wage in the district.

“I will resist outsourcing of jobs at any level, and I will advocate for working men and women so that our unemployment rate does not increase, but in fact will decrease by creating a healthier business climate.”

Do you support mandate relief from Albany, and, if so, how will you go about it?

Stec: “Mandate relief is not only something I support from Albany, but it’s something that is both long overdue and something that I and my peers in regional local government have been seeking for years. Unfunded state mandates and not local discretionary spending decisions lie at the heart of the state’s high-property-tax problem.

“If I am fortunate enough to be elected to the Assembly, I will support legislation proposed to first prohibit any creation of new unfunded state mandates and then I will support the efforts to remove many of these existing mandates from our schools and local governments.”

Tarantino: “I strongly support mandate relief from Albany. My approach would be to review in detail the recommendations of the New York State Association of Counties ‘Roadmap to Mandate Relief.’

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