Candidates seek leg. seat in 14th

Alison McLean Lane, Mark Lansing want to officially replace Phil Steck

— One way she is already implementing this idea is by introducing her first primary sponsored piece of legislation that asks the county executive to look at using the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to stream federal funding.

Jumping late into the debate on dealing with the county-run nursing home issues, McLean Lane said she has reviewed County Executive Dan McCoy’s privatization plan but sides with the Democratic majority in preferring to work with Downstate nursing home administrators Lowell Feldman, Martin Liebman and Larry Slatky. She said the county does not have the funds to give the allotted $10 million necessary to privatize with Upstate Services Group.

So far, McLean Lane has held two fundraisers for her campaign, netting $11,000. She said going door-to-door, most residents are surprised they have a new legislator, but have had a positive response to McLean Lane’s approach.

She encouraged constituents to call and email her. She also has a website, www.alisonmcleanlane.com, as well as a Facebook page for her campaign.

“I know how much history we have here. There is a quality of life here … there is nothing like going to the place where people know you and have known you since you were little. It’s a close-knit community,” she said.

Challenger Lansing is entering the race as a newcomer to the legislature. Lansing, who was born in East Greenbush, attended Columbia High School, went to RPI for his undergraduate degree, Albany Law School for his law degree and back to RPI for his master’s. Raising four children with his wife in Menands, Lansing has never lived outside the Capital District.

He is currently a trustee and the deputy mayor for the Village of Menands, and Lansing said one of his major concerns for the area is creating opportunities for students and the region’s children post-school. Lansing noted that his children have all moved out of the area in order to find jobs in their fields.

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