May 25, 2012

City councilor to challenge incumbent assemblywoman


PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh Councilor Timothy Carpenter will run for State Assembly this year.

"I believe that I have done a good job here in the city, and I have been a big part of a lot of positive changes here, and I want to bring that to the state level," he said.

A Democrat, Carpenter seeks the 115th District seat held by Republican Janet Duprey of Peru, who has held it since 2007. Duprey is being challenged in a Republican primary on Sept. 13 by Karen Bisso and David Kimmel.

The district covers all of Clinton and Franklin counties and four towns in the eastern portion of St. Lawrence County. It was re-drawn this year because of the 2010 census; the St. Lawrence County towns were added, and St. Armand in Essex County was eliminated.


Carpenter, a councilor from Ward 1 since 2008 in the south end of the city, has been a correction officer at Franklin Correctional Facility in Malone since 1986. He said his Franklin County connections are a big part of why he decided to run.

"I have a lot of friends in Franklin County, and I want to help them," he said.

"I think there is a lot that needs fixing in this state, and I believe that any problem can be solved with good communication. I am a good communicator, and I want to bring that to the next level — and I don't think that is being done now."

Carpenter, 52, said many people in the district have told him they are not happy with their representation in the Assembly.

"If people are happy with the way things are in this district and in this state, then don't vote for me because I am going to do things differently," he said.

Carpenter said that during his time on the council, the city has become financially more stable, and he personally helped resolve a major funding problem with the library that allowed it to stay open without layoffs.

"We saved four jobs directly and 12 indirectly, and we gave the union and management a stronger voice in the grievance process, so they both don't have to spend a lot of money on attorneys," he said.

"And our city is one of the few in the state, and even the country, that has improved its credit rating, and that is due to the good decisions we've made and I've been a part of."


Duprey said she is looking forward to a vigorous campaign and discussing the issues.

She said she has worked with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and representatives on both sides of the aisle to help fix many problems in the state.

She noted that she was pleased to be part of many positive developments in the North Country, such as a major contract for Bombardier Transportation in Plattsburgh, a natural gas pipeline planned in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, and the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake that recently won APA approval.

She also said she was pleased to work with Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and Sen. Betty Little in helping the North Country Regional Economic Development Council receive $103.2 million, the second highest amount in the state, last year.

"I think we have gotten a lot of recognition for the North Country and, quite frankly, if you talk to most people, they will tell you that they are pleased with the cooperation and collegiality that Teresa, Betty and I have — and that we've taken that to Albany with us," she said.

"I think we are doing pretty good."

Kimmel said he is friends with Carpenter.

"I look forward to engaging him in an issues-based campaign," he said.

Bisso could not be reached for comment.

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