continued He said his focus is on creating more job opportunities and helping spur economic development to help stimulate the economy. Also, he wants to give taxpayers “relief that they’re asking for.”
“As a life long resident of this area, I am committed to helping our families and I will continue to devote myself to that cause,” he said. “The success we have had on the county legislature comes from working together and that is what we want to bring to our state legislature.”
Santabarbara pointed to economic development achievements made while he’s been on the legislature. Also, he said the county government has “streamlined” how it operates to reduce costs.
He touted he has never voted for a tax levy increase since joining the legislature in 2007, too.
As municipalities and school districts have faced new budget requirements under the state mandated tax cap, many elected officials have complained about state mandates. Santabarbara said state mandates should be paid by the state or “not exist at all.”
Santabarbara referenced Tonko’s earlier comments and said engineers like being able to solve problems.
“If you send me to Albany in November I will work hard to solve the problems facing this state,” he said.
Santabarbara is likely to be running against Town of Minden Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush, who has been endorsed by the Montgomery County Republican Committee. Quackenbush has 17 years of experience in local government. He formally announced his intentions to run for the seat on April 11 in Fonda.
Schenectady County Republican Committee Chairman James Buhrmaster said its members are holding a meeting on Thursday, April 26, at which the committee is planning to formally announce its endorsements. Buhrmaster said he expects Quackenbush to be endorsed by the committee.