Updated 10/31/2012 10:36 PM
101st Assembly District: Tenney facing Carter
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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. --A machinist from Little Falls...
"I think I'm more for the people and she's probably more for the one percent," said 101st Assembly District candidate Dan Carter.
…Versus the incumbent, an attorney and business owner from New Hartford.
"I bring a lot of common sense credentials to the job that I don't think that maybe my opponent doesn't have the experience doing," said Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.
These two candidates are running to represent the newly formed 101st Assembly District and they couldn't be more different. Democratic candidate Dan Carter says if elected, his number one priority will be to freeze taxes. He'd also push consolidation.
"You have a village inside of a town, on top of this, on top of that, a myriad of police departments, fire departments and road crews," said Carter. "They all are ripe for consolidation."
Incumbent Claudia Tenney says if taxes are lowered, finances will eventually balance their way out.
She said, "The counterintuitive argument is if you lower taxes, you're going to have less revenue, but what happens is you have more investment and you have more people that want to come back into the state and more people that want to be here."
Bringing more jobs to New York is also a priority for both candidates, but their approaches drastically differ. Carter wants to lower electricity costs.
He said, "The solution to this is to have New York State power authority start buying up the stock of National Grid."
Tenney believes in supporting small businesses and reducing government regulations.
"I think making us more business friendly place with lower taxes, less spending will create a lot more private sector jobs," she said. "I'm a big advocate for trying to grow the businesses we already have here."
Neither candidate supports hydrofracking. Both believe it could be dangerous to New York's water supply.