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  • ELECTION Q&A: 101st Assembly race — Tenney vs. Carter

  • Incumbent Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R - New Hartford, will face off against Democrat Daniel Carter for the new 101st Assembly seat Tuesday.

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  • Incumbent Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R - New Hartford, will face off against Democrat Daniel Carter for the new 101st Assembly seat Tuesday.
    Here are their responses to questions regarding the new district and what their plans are if elected.
    What is your position on hydrofracking? Should the state move forward and allow it?
    Tenney: Right now no, not until we have the money to properly monitor it. The Department of Environmental Conservation does not have the funding or the manpower to monitor it, especially above-ground operations.
    Carter: No. I’m adamantly against it. Water is our most precious resource. It will affect our food supply, and right now we really don’t need it.
    If elected, what is the first piece of legislation you will introduce and why?
    Tenney: I would reintroduce a bill that would reform Medicaid. The bill would give Medicaid back to the state. Right now, the federal government pays 50 percent of the bill and the state passes on 25 percent to local municipalities. My bill, over eight years, would put that burden back on the state.
    Carter: I would introduce a tax freeze. This two percent cap is not consolidating anything. If people want tax relief, that’s where we should look.
    What will be your top three priorities if elected?
    Tenney: 1. Medicaid reform and mandate relief for local governments and schools. 2. Reforming the school aid formula and our approach to education. 3. Real and fair pension reform.
    Carter: 1. Reign in the electric power monopolies. 2. Consolidate government services. 3. Clean water first, which means continuing the moratorium on hydrofracking and working to get the state involved to finish cleaning up the Mohawk River which has been neglected for far too long.
    What should the state government do to strengthen the state economy and reduce unemployment?
    Tenney: 1. Eliminate unnecessary regulations on business owners and farmers. 2. Reduce the personal income tax. 3. Focus on getting people back to work by modifying the unemployment system to allow partial employment so people will be rewarded for working. 4. Make New York more attractive through lower taxes, less regulation and not solely through government handouts.
    Carter: Having the highest electric rates in the U.S. is as large a negative as having the highest taxes in the U.S. In Herkimer County three villages provide municipal power at much lower rates than our investor owned utility company. Cheap power is the first incentive provided to any prospective job creator. If elected I will make this a priority, to find ways to get electric costs down to the national average. If it works in Frankfort, Ilion, Mohawk and Sherburne, why not the whole state?
    Also, re-engineer school funding to decrease the burden on property owners, such as sales tax, income tax and insisting all lottery profits go to schools as was originally intended.
    Page 2 of 2 - Should the property tax cap be removed?
    Tenney: The problem is the property tax cap is only a temporary measure. What the governor needs to do is to reform the state aid formula so needy districts actually get all the aid they need.
    Carter: It definitely needs reform. It was set up when real estate was a solid market and always went up. We’re seeing that isn’t true.
    Contributing: GateHouse News Service

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