Small businesses were also a popular topic for the two candidates as Reilly admitted that they are underrepresented in the state legislature. He said he would work to make sure that small businesses understand how government works and to make government more aware of small businesses.
"I'm one of the few people in the Assembly who own and appreciates a small business," he said referring to his Patridge Pub located on Madison Avenue in Albany. "We don't have effective lobbying going on. You need to get down to the legislature and the governor's office and be better represented."
He added that he is working on legislation where if the state government fines a small business for a violation, the fines will stop there and the business will not be fined daily.
Whalen said that small businesses make up 98 percent of the businesses in New York state and that there needs to be energy incentives or tax credits for businesses a moratorium placed on current mandates and any mandates in the future. She cited the e-cycling waste program passed earlier this year.
"What did we do to keep the parks open? We raided some fund that was then replenished by a e-cycling waste program that is imposing a lot of extra mandated costs to electrical and computer industries in New York that's going to trickle down to consumer," said Whalen.
The candidates faced off on an array of other issues such as legalizing Mixed Martial Arts in the state, which Reilly vehemently opposes and Whalen said she'd be willing to explore, and energy costs which Whalen said there needs to be relief for utility bills and Reilly said to explore hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
Reilly came out after Whalen for not proposing specific cuts when it came to the topic of controlling government spending. He singled out Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino as someone who "sits on the sidelines" and are "not able to identify what they are going to cut" as they will just say they will reduce waste and fraud.