New district, familiar candidates. Voters in the newly drawn 127th Assembly District will choose between Republican Don Miller and Democrat Al Stirpe on Election Day. Stirpe served two terms in the legislature before Miller won the seat in 2010. But, who will voters send to Albany this time around? Our Sarah Blazonis sat down with both candidates and tells us why each says he's the man for the job.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Both of these candidates said they're proud of what they accomplished during their time in Albany.
"Albany likes to spend money on a local level without paying for it, it's called an unfunded mandate, " said Miller. "I've proposed a 0 percent cap on property taxes with complete relief from these unfunded mandates."
"A lot of the construction that's going on right now are things that came out of the 2008 capital budget. Without those jobs and the things that came with it, Central New York would be a much different place," said Stirpe.
But, Republican Assemblyman Don Miller and Democrat Al Stirpe are also looking to the district's future.
The district lines may have changed, but both Miller and Stirpe say boosting the economy and creating jobs would still be a top priority this time around. But, each has a different idea of how they would accomplish that.
"I don't believe the government creates jobs. I believe that families and folks with good ideas in their garages and in their studies and their dens create jobs," said Miller.
Miller does say across-the-board tax cuts can help make it easier for businesses to thrive.
Stirpe supports the building of an inland port in the town of Manlius that can employ those who lost manufacturing jobs.
"Once the inland port's there, lots of different distribution centers from different companies will pop up," said Stirpe. "Each one will absorb probably between 400 and 800 people."
And when it comes to raising the minimum wage, Stirpe's in favor of the move.
"They end up on Medicaid for their health insurance, they end up getting food stamps. I mean, the state has to move in and support them, and that's really not the way it should be for somebody who's working on a full time job," said Stirpe.
While Miller's in favor of cutting taxes for gas, cell phones, and health care.
"Not even abolish, but just roll back some of the taxes on those items where low-wage workers spend most of their money, the take home pay for low-wage workers would instantly go up," said Miller.
Both men say they'll be busy meeting with voters during the next two weeks to ask for the chance to go back to Albany and achieve their goals.
For more information on the candidates, visit alstirpe.org and donmiller2012.com.