Democrat Phil Steck and Republican Jennifer Whalen came face to face at a brief debate, Wednesday Oct. 24.
Photo by Zan Strumfeld.
continued “This really dissuades people from coming to New York and building,” Whalen said. “This Scaffold Law increases liability insurance for builders up to 300 percent more than in any other state. It’s crippling us from moving forward and having new business come here and build new buildings.”
As for not attending the first scheduled debate, at the end of the night Whalen said that once she realized Steck was “deceiving the public about my positions and making things up,” it would “be easy to come and debate him.”
“Last week there were a lot of allegations that were coming through,” Whalen said. “I know what I said and didn’t say, but I always want to make sure there’s no misunderstandings … I can debate anybody anytime. I love to speak and speak out on behalf of people and taxpayers.”
Steck said Whalen not showing up to the previous debate was an “ill-considered decision.”
“I’m prepared to debate the issues in this race anytime, anyplace and without all this nonsense about all of this negative stuff,” Steck said. “Let’s talk about the issues.”
The next debate for the 110th Assembly District will be on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road in Colonie. Colonie Town Board candidates – David Green, Brian Haak, Joe Gomez and David Rowley – vying for two board seats will also debate that evening.