Candidates spar over fiscal and moral issues

The economy, jobs and faith were some of the main topics discussed during an Oct. 20 debate between candidates vying for the 46th state senatorial district seat, and incumbent Sen. Neil Breslin, Bob Domenici and Michael Carey sometimes found themselves in a heated discussion.

With some fiery press releases doled out by the Domenici camp in the days leading up to the debate, the republican challenger came out roaring against Breslin for driving people out of the state, one of them being his own son, who is stationed in Afghanistan as part of the U.S. military.

I said, 'Rob, what are you going to do,' Domenici said to his son when he returned home. "He said, 'I'm going to stay in the military.' Why? Because, Neil, he said he couldn't find any opportunity here in Albany County."

Domenici didn't let up as he also called Breslin out for being a part of the 125-day-late state budget process and jumped on a statement he made regarding term limits for leaders in the Senate and Assembly, adding that he has limited himself to only 3 terms.

"I don't ever want to be in power as long as Neil Breslin," Domenici said. "And by the way, he's the deputy majority leader. Wow, you couldn't affect the process? You're in power. You're the deputy majority leader. Affect the budget process, stop hiding behind closed doors."

Domenici did, however, agree with Breslin that the budget process should be every two years instead of one and added that the state must freeze property taxes, then lower and cap them.

Carey said the budget should be passed by April 1.

Reform Party candidate Carey had a different strategy, as he focused more on moral issues than the state's fiscal woes. So much so that Breslin has expressed his disbelief as he said, "I did not expect to come to a debate on religion."

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