“I think there is much better cooperation now, and I am impressed with Chairman (Leilani) Ulrich,” she said.
Duprey also said she supports bringing more broadband to the district.
“You can’t start a business without it,” she said. “We wouldn’t have the telephone or electricity if government was not involved.”
‘NO CHOICE ON TEACHER EVAL’
The assemblywoman said she hopes the $103 million in Regional Development funds can help spur more growth in the region.
“That money goes directly into our communities, and it is much better than having somebody in Albany or New York City deciding what is best for Malone or any other of our communities.”
The new public-school teacher evaluation system has also been controversial, with many educators feeling that it is way too cumbersome.
Duprey said she agrees, but the legislature had no choice, since the alternative was an evaluation system that would have been made public to anybody.
“It was not a perfect situation, but I don’t think evaluations should have been public,” she said.
Duprey has been criticized by some in her party for her social stances in supporting gay marriage and abortion. She has also come under fire for collecting state-retirement benefits along with her Assembly salary in what has become known as double-dipping.
“I consider myself a social moderate, but I’ve always been a fiscal conservative,” she said.
She noted that Unshackle Upstate, a bipartisan organization of business and trade outfits, recently gave her a grade of 93 for her legislative record in supporting a pro-growth and pro-job agenda.
“As far as double-dipping goes, I worked for 31 years in county government, and I earned that,” she said.
“The law allows it, and I am going to protect my family.”
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