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Breslin, Voelker face off for 46th Senate District seat

Incumbent Sen. Neil D. Breslin is facing off against challenger Charlie Voelker for the 46th Senate District.

The 46th District includes much of Albany County.

The two already faced off in the Democratic primary, and Breslin took the nomination with close to 75 percent of the votes. David Weiss also ran in the Democratic primary.

Incumbent: Neil D. Breslin, Democrat

Age: 66

Experience: 1996-2008, New York State Senate, 46th District

Hometown: Delmar

Residence: Delmar

Education: College, Fordham University; law school, University of Toledo

Family: Wife, Ellen [Roony] Breslin; children, Kate [Breslin] Wohl, Christine Breslin, Neil D. Breslin Jr.

What is the best way to help the state recover from the slumping economy?

\As a basic premise, it is essential to focus on budget reductions, and NOT tax increases. However, it is imperative that any further reductions do not adversely impact programs that support the health and safety of any New Yorkers. Furthermore, state employee layoffs must be resisted. In fact, it has been has been shown that layoffs can be very counterproductive and eventually do not generate cost savings anywhere near the amount originally estimated.

However, in tandem with these reductions, the state should still make investments in economic development initiatives (e.g., the AMD projects) that selectively allocate state resources to projects that offer the best chance to generate jobs and tax revenues. Furthermore, the state Empire Zone Program can be reformed and tailored to better meet the needs of upstate New York while fulfilling its originally intended mission to generate employment and economic growth.

How can we protect the environment and continue "green" initiatives?

"We must pass legislation increasing wetlands protections and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to protect the public health, environment and the economy of New York state. Global warming will have detrimental effects on the public health and natural resources of our community, thus we must come to an agreement regarding gas emission regulations."

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