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September 11, 2012

Janet Duprey: 'A social moderate, fiscal conservative'

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The bill is stuck in committee, but she hopes it can go forward.

“It could save us about $1 billion a year in fraud,” she said.

Duprey also said that some of the benefits in the Medicaid system need to be examined.

“It truly is the Cadillac of the system,” she said. “But there are 65 members of the Assembly from the New York City area who have many constituents who are on Medicaid.”

She said health insurance in the state needs reform as well, but it could be difficult.

“You have to remember that for every mandate there is a lobby who supports it,” she said.

Duprey said she was glad that Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered state departments to look for duplication of services, redundancy and regulations that just don’t make sense as a means of saving money.

‘REVENUE-GENERATOR’

Cuomo also is pushing to make gambling legal in the state. The idea must be approved by a constitutional amendment and must be passed by two consecutive but different sessions of the legislature.

Duprey, who voted in favor putting the idea up for an amendment vote, said the public should have clear information on the issue and the right to voice their opinion.

“To pretend that it isn’t happening here already is silly,” she said.

“It is a revenue-generator and the voters should have the right to say and good information because we all know that there is a dark side to gambling.”

A recent $48 million land purchase in the Adirondacks has stirred a controversy in the district among those who support it and those who don’t think the state should be spending money on more land.

Duprey is not in favor of buying more land but said the recent purchase will at least allow for public access. She also said that she believes many gains have been made involving the Adirondack Park Agency and issues concerning property owners.

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