continued “One of the things we’ve been going through in Albany is the question o f whether to build a new nursing home and what format that should take. I’ve been a supporter of building the nursing home,” said Steck. “Another issue that goes hand in hand with it is I’ve been a strong supporter of increased funding to allow seniors to stay in their homes longer.”
Steck said both issues need “greater attention” by the state, which determines how the projects are funded.
He also wants to see state dollars better invested education.
“I think a problem we have with education in the State of New York is a very bloated educational bureaucracy. We’re not putting the dollars where they belong, which is in educating children,” said Steck.
Nichols is also an Albany County legislator in his fourth term and has served as Reilly’s chief of staff since 2005. He said an Assembly run is something he’s been interested in for awhile.
“I think the biggest issue is economic development and creating jobs but I’ve also very interested in supporting public education and I feel that New York State really needs to do a lot more … and should do a lot more in terms of supporting them with more state aid and in terms of real mandate relief,” said Nichols.
His experience at various government levels is what sets him apart from his running mates, said Nichols.
“I think I’m the best qualified candidate because I have the most relevant experience. I’ve been active locally on various different levels,” said Nichols. “The Town of Colonie is the largest part of the 110th as it was with the 109th so I bring a great deal of experience to the district. I’m knowledgeable about the people and about their needs and the issues they face every day.”