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2014-04-03T14:31:00Z Candidate urges consideration of what can't be measured Glens Falls Post-Star

GLENS FALLS -- Congress must consider the impact policy has on the crowds on the sidewalks, not just the Washington insiders, said Democratic congressional candidate Aaron Woolf.

“We’re always making policy based on the things we can measure,” Woolf said, speaking to the Greater Glens Falls Democracy for America chapter on Wednesday. “What we don’t measure is how those policies can have effects that we can’t easily measure.”

Many schools, for example, no longer have full kitchens, and heat up pre-packaged frozen meals instead of cooking from scratch, he said.

Although that method saves money, he said, it is not as nutritious and cuts out the local farmers that could supply schools with food.

“We know that (nutritious food) can have extremely beneficial outcomes, not just in health but in education,” he said.

Woolf, a filmmaker from Elizabethtown, is one of two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the 21st Congressional District, where U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, is not seeking re-election.

The other candidate is Stephen Burke, a town councilman in Macomb, in St. Lawrence County.

About 70 people attended the forum in the community room at Crandall Public Library, including Green Party congressional candidate Matt Funiciello.

During the question and answer time, Funiciello asked Woolf about his position on the minimum wage.

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Green Party congressional candidate Matt Funiciello didn't send a tracker to Democratic congressional candidate Aaron Woolf's campaign speech in Glens Falls on Wednesday.

Funiciello came in person.

During the question-and-answer period Woolf took a question from Funiciello about minimum wage.

“I agree with the president’s plan to raise the minimum wage incrementally,” Woolf said.

Woolf said he thinks pay for women and men should be equivalent.

“Women still get 77 cents for every $1 that a man in the work force is paid,” he said. “I won’t accept that for my daughter.”

Woolf said the concept of a federal infrastructure bank, in which the public and private sectors pool funding, makes sense, and that the best way to cut federal spending is to cut subsidies for oil companies.

He said immigration policy should be more flexible for farm workers and students.

Woolf, until recently, split his time between Elizabethtown and the New York City area, and he only recently registered to vote in Elizabethtown.

Responding to a question about some people perceiving him to be an “outsider,” Woolf said he has been coming to Elizabethtown since he was 4, and it was always the place he came back to between film projects on various continents.

He said when his father died, he brought the cremated ashes back to the property in Elizabethtown, and when the house burned down, he camped in a tent and rebuilt it.

Earlier in his talk, he referred to Elizabethtown as “E-town,” a shortened version commonly used in Essex County.

“This is a place where I learned to change a tire and change my oil and dance a waltz — important life skills,” he said.

Woolf said he wants to bring “a culture of cooperation” to Washington.

“When it’s 20 degrees below out, I don’t think you stand around and argue about who’s going to light the furnace,” he said.

Three candidates are seeking the Republican nomination: Matt Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown; Joseph Gilbert, a retired U.S. Army major and tea party leader from St. Lawrence County; and Elise Stefanik, a businesswoman and former White House policy adviser from Willsboro.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom, a statewide conservative Christian political action committee, endorsed Stefanik on Thursday.

Funiciello, a bread company owner and political activist from Glens Falls; and Donald Hassig, a political activist from St. Lawrence.

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  1. Maries
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    Maries - April 06, 2014 7:39 am
    Perhaps you've heard of Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which was signed into law by President Obama. Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire. Woman executive who was paid far less than her male counterparts.

    I recall early in my career when we found out a male counterpart was hired and immediately earned more than the women performing the same job description. The answer to our question was "because he's a man and has a family to support". Family dynamics have changed over the year with women becoming breadwinners as well.

  2. cutwaste
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    cutwaste - April 04, 2014 11:14 pm
    To raise the min wage is a good idea provided you also at the same time like to eliminate thousands of entry level jobs. It will give another push for further automation which is good in the long run.
  3. 5756917
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    5756917 - April 04, 2014 9:00 pm
    You are wrong and seem to be furthering this "war on women" mentality of the left. This stat has been debunked over and over again. Simply put, men choose higher paying jobs. The 23 cents gender gap is the difference between average earnings. When the differences in occupations, positions, education, tenure, hours worked, etc., are factored in, the gap narrows down to about 5 cents. Just look at the college majors of men vs. women. A degree in petroleum engineering (#1 for men) vs a degree in counseling (#1 for women) puts salaries at $120,000 for the male and $39,000 for the female. The White House knows this claim is false. There is no war on women in this country. However, the White House and the left promotes this rhetoric to take debate away from real issues. If the White House is so concerned about the war on women, why doesn't it address the wage gap in its own backyard. Wolfe is just another liberal progressive not what the economy in the Adirondacks needs.
  4. Mike Flynn 'Middle Class Mike'
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    Mike Flynn 'Middle Class Mike' - April 04, 2014 1:38 pm
    Actually woman do earn 70cents to every 1.00 men earn for equivalent work as confirmed in the full NYSCAA Poverty Report. Jefferson County has 15.1 percent of its citizens living below the poverty level. One of the highest levels in NYS. It's hardly all that 'Progressive' to understand people in NNY are having a tough time making ends meet. Mr. Woolf seems to be the only candidate running who wants to represent every socio-economic class in NY 21 and that's a breath of fresh air in my opinion. The minimum wage increase proposed by President Obama and here in NYS by our own legislators, to raise the minimum wage, is incremental and desperately needed by low income earners. Mike Flynn 'Middle Class Mike'
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    5756917 - April 04, 2014 12:39 am
    LOL. $.77 cents for women for every Dollar a man makes? He is a typical progressive liberal. Those numbers have been shown to be incorrect. In addition, men choose higher paying jobs, more dangerous jobs, jobs that require working longer hours, etc., etc. This area doesn't need another liberal progressive one who pays lip service to Obama's policies.

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