OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- A crowd at the Granby Community Center heard two vastly different visions as candidates in the 24th Congressional District squared off in their first debate.
Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle and Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum sat one seat apart. The vacant spot between them was reserved for democrat Dan Maffei, who has elected not to take part in any of the four planned debates.
The two women discussed a broad range of topics from job creation to climate change. They also weighed in on local issue of nuclear energy.
Rozum said, "There's no level of nuclear radiation that's safe. Nuclear energy is very expensive. It's a mature industry that's been relying on taxpayer dollars for far too long."
"I think nuclear power is safe and I think nuclear power should be developed. I met just two days ago with the folks from Constellation and they are self-regulating, making sure that their facilities are safe," Buerkle said.
If you'd like to hear more about what the candidates have to say, make sure you tune in to YNN on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7 p.m. That's when YNN will air a live debate in the 24th district. It's being held in conjunction with the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Again, Dan Maffei has declined to participate, citing concerns about the format YNN and the Campbell Institute intend to use. However, a podium will be set up in the studio and available for him, should he change his mind.