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January 8, 2010

Sen. Little to run again

PLATTSBURGH — Many statewide political observers believe Assembly and Senate incumbents could be vulnerable in this year's election, given the state's fiscal mess.

But State Sen. Betty Little is not deterred and will seek re-election.

"We all get painted with the same brush, but there are a lot of things that we don't have control over, and that makes it difficult," Little told the Press-Republican Editorial Board Thursday.

"But I understand people's anger and will be out listening and talking to people."

Little (R-Queensbury) said the business climate in the state needs to improve dramatically so businesses will continue coming to the state and those that are already here will stay.

Exorbitant fees, burdensome regulations and high taxes are driving business opportunities away, Little said.

"These kinds of things are really upsetting to people and making them wonder why they stay in New York. And a lot of these (fees and regulations) don't have any real purpose."

Republicans lost control of the Senate in the 2008 election for the first time since 1974. A Democratic power struggle last summer stalemated state government for about a month, causing frustration among many New Yorkers.

The recent corruption trial of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, at which Little testified, also eroded voter confidence.

Little, who was first elected to the Senate in 2002, said she will battle on.

"You have ideas and you try to promote them, but to get them to the finish line (in the legislature) can be more difficult than it needs to be sometimes."

There is no Democratic candidate to challenge Little yet, Clinton County Democratic Party Chairman Martin Mannix said, but it is still early.

"I would think that anyone in the State Legislature would be vulnerable," he said.

"And I think Betty, and others in the Republican Party, will find some opposition within their own party."

E-mail Joe LoTemplio at: jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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