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New York Assembly — 113th District (vote for one)

2002-11-03T00:00:00Z New York Assembly — 113th District (vote for one) Glens Falls Post-Star
November 03, 2002 12:00 am

Robin M. Barkenhagen

Ballot party line: Green Party

Residence: Glens Falls

Occupation: Retail manager, musician

Education: High school graduate

Current public offices held: None.

Past public offices held: None.

Credentials for office: My best credential is not having any credentials. I am not a career politician, therefore I am not part of the system that only represents financial contributors. I can offer a fresh perspective and be a true representative of my constituency.

What I'd do if elected: I would start by making friends on both sides of the political spectrum by letting them know that the only preconceptions I would bring come from the voters. I would introduce legislation that would improve the lives of every New Yorker, including campaign finance and industrial hemp.

Top issues in this campaign: Election reform including same-day voter registration, initiatives and referendums, proportional representation and free air time for candidates; Budget process reform with priority treatment for education and health care; Federal disaster assistance for state residents affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attack; repeal of the Rockefeller drug laws; reclassification of industrial hemp.

William E. Bombard

Ballot party line: Libertarian

Residence: Glens Falls

Occupation: Vocational rehabilitation and mental health counselor.

Education: Bachelor's of science degree with emphasis on business management.

Current public offices held: None.

Past public offices held: None.

Credentials for office: I have worked really hard helping people deal with the government. I served honorably in the U.S. Army for nearly seven years. I have organized and participated in many civic organizations, including positions on some boards. I really care about helping people.

What I'd do if elected: I would make the office more user friendly and more people friendly. A satellite office will be opened in Elizabethtown staffed with a local year-round resident. Jobs will be created as a result of decreased taxation and less regulation.

Top issues in the campaign: Campaign finance reform, election reform, court reform, property and income tax reform. Adirondack Park Agency reform, end corporate welfare, Family Court reform, end the War on Drugs, fight real crime, reduce poverty, reduce government regulations.

Gerald H. Morrow

Ballot party line: Democrat

Residence: Chesterfield

Occupation: Farmer

Education: High school graduate

Current public offices held: Chesterfield town supervisor

Past public offices held: Village trustee, town councilman, deputy supervisor

Credentials for office: I have served as a village trustee, town councilman and presently as town supervisor and as a member of the Essex County Board of Supervisors. I am chairman of the Public Safety and Jail committees, and I am the chairman of the Essex County Soil and Water Conservation District Committee.

What I'd do if elected: I will represent all constituents to the best of my ability. I will not support unfunded mandates that place a tax burden on local communities. If the state has an idea, then I would support the state funding it.

Top issues in the campaign: Education and jobs along with health insurance and the cost of prescription drugs. People deserve a good education and it is our responsibility to provide the funding. The creation of good jobs that enable an employee to support a family and the retention of existing jobs are very important.

Teresa R. Sayward

Ballot party line: Republican

Residence: Willsboro

Occupation: Town supervisor

Education: High school graduate

Current public offices held: Willsboro town supervisor

Past public offices held: Chairwoman of Essex County Board of Supervisors

Credentials for office: For the past 11 years I have served as town supervisor of Willsboro in Essex County. I have focused on four issues: economic development; rights of property owners within the Adirondack Park; rural health care for children, women and senior citizens; facilitating cooperation among the region's local governments.

What I'd do if elected: The arrival of the Sematech research center in Albany will represent a tremendous growth opportunity for our local economy. I have proposed a Northway Technology Initiative to bring business, civic and government leaders together to plan how our district can benefit from the construction of new manufacturing facilities, the creation of new jobs, and the improvement to infrastructure.

Top issues in this campaign: With the state facing a potential $10 billion budget deficit, I will endeavor to prevent Albany from balancing the budget on the backs of local taxpayers. I will also continue to work on economic development, rights of property owners, rural health care and cooperation among the local government.

Thomas R. Scozzafava

Ballot party line: Conservative

Residence: Port Henry

Occupation: Electrician

Education: High school graduate

Current public offices held: None.

Past public offices held: Moriah town supervisor; chairman of the Essex County Industrial Development Agency board; chairman of the Essex County/Moriah/Port Henry Economic Development Zone board; budget officer and vice chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

Credentials for office: As former Moriah town supervisor for 13 years, I bring a wealth of experience to the job. During my tenure, Moriah was awarded more than $10 million in grants, and was the first rural area in the state to be designated as an Economic Development Zone. I have worked with the Adirondack Park Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, among other agencies. I served my constituents with honesty and integrity.

What I'd do if elected: I would discontinue my business as an electrical contractor to work full time to bring good-paying jobs to the district, reform the property tax system and ensure that residents of the Adirondack Park are treated fairly. Priorities would include access to state lands for the disabled, securing state assistance for the Hudson Falls trash plant, making health care affordable and improving education.

Top issues in this campaign: Expand economic incentives to attract new companies and retain existing jobs; provide affordable health care and insurance coverage; expand the state EPIC program that helps senior citizens pay for prescription drugs; property tax reform, including an overhaul of the state formula for distributing education aid; support legislation requiring all Adirondack Park Agency commissioners to be residents of the Adirondack Park.

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