Big spenders in 20th Congressional district race

"The next step is to have an economic stimulus package that creates jobs," she said. Part of that package will be for infrastructure improvements, possibly a light rail along I-87.

"We need to make sure that as we create these new jobs that we allow our infrastructure to grow at the same rate," said Gillibrand at a Tuesday, Oct. 28, debate.

Sandy Treadwell

Alexander "Sandy" Treadwell is the Republican Party nominee, and will also be appearing on the Independence and Conservative Party lines of the ballot.

Treadwell resides in Lake Placid along with his wife. His two children are grown. He is the holder of a blind trust fund largely provided by his grandfather, a General Electric executive. According to the most recent report from the Federal Election Commission, he had contributed $5.9 million to his own campaign. He has said he will not accept pay if elected.

Treadwell's political experience mainly stems from his time serving as New York Secretary of State, a post he held from 1995 to 2001. He then served as chairman of the New York Republican State Committee until November 2004.

In the race's final debate, Treadwell said that in his secretary of state post, he worked as a link to local government, and he would act in the same capacity from Washington.

"I think it prepares me to be your next congressman," he said.

He also said that he didn't play partisan games in that position, and considers himself an independent voice.

"I crossed party lines and worked for everyone, and I will do the same in congress," he said.

One way he would combat the growing deficit in New York and other states would be to bring a moratorium against earmarks, a measure Treadwell claims would free up $20 billion that would be distributed among the states. That would net New York $1.28 billion. Gov. David Paterson recently estimated that the state deficit will grow to $47 billion over the next four years.

Treadwell has said that he would have voted against the bailout bill as well and criticized Congress for not taking more time to refine it.

"This was a bad bill when Congress first voted on it," he said, calling the bailout a "gamble, and a risk.""

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