PLATTSBURGH — Candidates for the New York State Assembly’s 115th District faced off in a debate at Mountain Lake PBS Monday morning.
The participants were incumbent Republican candidate Janet Duprey, Conservative Party candidate Karen Bisso and Democratic Party candidate Tim Carpenter.
In his opening statement, Carpenter said his top three priorities are job creation, job creation and job creation. He said that would reduce spending on unemployment and stimulate the economy.
“We need to get people employed,” he said.
Duprey said the most satisfying part of the Assembly job is the ability to serve the constituents of the district. She doesn’t understand why some people view seniority as a detriment in politics.
Bisso said she is most concerned about the high costs of living and doing business in the state, which are adversely affecting farmers, seniors, veterans, small-business owners and students.
‘LOCAL INPUT KEY’
Duprey said she was pleased with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to create 10 Regional Economic Development Councils and the $103.2 million the North Country Council received last year. The key was allowing local input in economic development priorities, she said.
Bisso said the councils are nothing more than a duplication of President Barack Obama’s failed economic stimulus plan. She opposes giving $2.5 million to a company like Bombardier Transportation, which had massive profits last year.
“I think that’s an injustice,” she said.
Carpenter said it will take a few years to see if the plan worked.
“It’s a little too early for us to determine if this is a good thing or a bad thing,” he said.
The candidates were asked about their views on mandate relief. Carpenter said if they are able to create enough new jobs, they will then be able to change the tax system and bring about meaningful mandate relief.