"Unemployment is still up, debt is going through the roof again," he said. "We spent a lot of money but I don't see it. I don't see the small guy getting a piece of it. I don't see it helping small businesses at all."
The Congressional Budget Office reported in August that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will add $814 billion to the nation's deficit between the 2009 and 2019 fiscal years.
Tonko responded as he said jobs that would have been lost if the stimulus package were saved and added that it gave way to new technologies that were introduced to the health care, education, transportation and the energy industry.
"The Port of Albany, as a project, is one that stands out in my mind, is one that opens up to the entire region the opportunity to grow jobs and invest in technology," said Tonko, "and transport the goods and the needs for industry in this region through a very strong investment in the Port of Albany."
While both work or have worked in the energy field, Tonko preached energy efficiency as "a fuel of choice" and placing a cap on carbon as Danz referred to the theory of global warming as a "manufactured item."
"Our country's already suffering from enough fees, fines and penalties," said Danz. "We're going to lose our stimulus."
The candidates went on to discuss issues such as former President George W. Bush's tax cuts, gay marriage, education reform and thoughts on Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino and the campaign he's been running.
Danz gave a very succinct answer, stating that while he doesn't agree with some of the things he has said on the campaign trail, he does support Paladino for governor of the state. Tonko gave a more roundabout answer, listing off several issues the candidates should be focused on such as unemployment, education reform and energy instead and to ignore offensive comments made by Paladino.