Candidates face off

"I agree that there were some problems if possible, my answer would be to get in a time machine and go back 35years people say we have a revenue problem, we don't have a revenue problem, we have spending priority problems and structural spending problems in New York State," said Tedisco, who added a property tax cap is needed to take the first step in putting power "back in the hands of the people.

Susan Savage (D-Niskayuna), challenging incumbent Hugh Farley (R-Schenectady) for his seat in the 44th Senate district, said she decided to run after the government coup.

"When Sen. Farley raised his hand to make Pedro Espada senate president, putting him a heartbeat away from being governor, that's exactly what is wrong with Albany now," said Savage, saying in his 34-year incumbency Farley has voted to raise taxes 680 times and rubber stamped 1,000 percent increase in state spending.

Farley said his platform is built around building upstate economy, creating jobs through small business, support reform to campaign financing, reforming non partisan redistricting and giving upstate New York a voice. Farley later said the coup was about protecting the interests of his constituents and that he wasn't "enthusiastic" about it but "it was clear we couldn't continue with the status quo."

Farley said he had a good record of creating jobs and was proud of the Metroplex program that he authored, saying it has been successful and made a positive differene in downtown Schenectady. Savage said that endeavor was a boondoggle for its first five years and didn't turnaround until she became chair of he Saratoga County Legislature.

Both candidates said change was needed in the legislature, with Savage saying it was time for new people and Farley saying it was time to take back the senate.

"Our state legislature is known for being dysfunctional and its an embarrassment. I'm going to start change by bringing new people who have new ideas to state government. It is repetitious to keep sending the same people there over and over again and if we continue to do that we'll continue to have the same problems in the state of New York," said Savage.

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