A nervous Ted Danz took on a well-polished Congressman Paul Tonko on Oct. 14 during a televised debate for the 21st Congressional District where the creation of jobs and the conservation of energy ruled the conversation.
The debate was hosted by WMHT with Times Union's state editor Casey Seiler as moderator and a panel containing WMHT's Matt Ryan, New York Public Radio's Karen DeWitt and Fox23 News' Walt McClure.
Republican challenger and Altamont business owner of Family Danz Heating and Air Conditioning, Danz, stressed his frustration numerous times throughout the evening regarding the failure of the federal government to correct economic situation.
We are the boss, we are the citizens, we are the people, said Danz during his opening remarks. "We need to turn this country around. It needs to be done by us. It needs to be done by the voters."
Tonko, currently finishing up his first term in congress, has been a part of the New York political scene for sometime being an assemblyman for 24 years and President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency. He showed off his knowledge of the energy industry and backed up his support for the health care reform act that was passed last year, which Danz vehemently opposes and is seeking for its full repeal.
"It's a strong foundation upon which to build," Tonko said of the legislation as he listed off a list of improvements that should be made such as the eliminating the increase of paperwork for small businesses. "I believe that we need to take the 1099 requirement for our small business community and repeal that measure because we will find ways to produce the revenues that will enhance the package."
On the stimulus package, Danz said he hasn't seen the effects of the bill but knows a lot of money was spent with very little result and that it is taking money away from future generations.