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September 11, 2012

Janet Duprey: 'A social moderate, fiscal conservative'

PLATTSBURGH — Incumbent Assemblywoman Janet Duprey believes the state is finally turning in the right direction, and she wants to continue to be a part of it.

“I think we have begun to turn things around in the state and in the North Country, and it has been very productive,” Duprey said.

“We have a lot of positive things going on, some great projects, and I work very hard at this, and I enjoy doing this job.”

As proof of that, Duprey pointed to two recent major indicators — the state closing a $13 billion budget deficit and the North Country receiving $103 million in Regional Economic Development funds.

From those gains, the North Country will see many rewards, such as a natural-gas line in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, funds for a major expansion at Bombardier in Plattsburgh and the construction of Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake, she said.

“Also, the New York Works program (Department of Transportation road and bridge repair plan) has put in millions for roads and bridges, and that has helped put contractors and employees back to work,” Duprey said.

‘BENEFIT TO LONGEVITY’

Duprey was elected to the Assembly in 2006 after serving for 31 years in Clinton County government, 25 as treasurer. She said her time in government has helped her make numerous connections across the state, which is helpful in her day-to-day dealings.

“It is so much easier when you can pick up the phone and ask to speak to Ted or Tracy rather than try to get through the system,” she said.

“Politics is the only profession you get criticized for having longevity, but I think there is a real benefit to longevity.”

Revamping Medicaid has been a big issue in the state, and Duprey agrees that reform is needed. She sponsored a bill that would require palm-printing on Medicaid cards to determine proof that the holder is a valid Medicaid recipient.

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