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Stark differences between Tedisco, Draves in 112th Assembly District

By Lombardo David
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A stark contrast between the two candidates vying to represent the 112th Assembly District emerged in a candidate forum on Tuesday night.

The forum, which was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce for Southern Saratoga County and the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County, featured Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Glenville, and his Democrat opponent Michele Draves. Tedisco touted his decades of service, and Draves highlighted her opposing views.

Partial video of their opening and closing statements are available below.

Draves noted that she is pro-choice, in favor of marriage equality, supports raising the minimum wage and wants a full restoration of the so-called millionaire's tax, instead of the compromise implemented by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2011.

Tedisco cited the positive direction of the state in the last few years, which he said was due to Cuomo advancing Republican ideas. In particular, he noted that Cuomo has advanced a tax cap, redistricting and dangerous driving policies which Tedisco said he had called for previously.

Draves said if elected, she would be a member of the majority party, which would give her legislation a better chance of passing. She also called on the state to assume the local costs of Medicaid.

Tedisco noted that he is part of the effort to curb spending by the state because he hasn't taken advantage of his franking privilege this past year. Most legislators spend tens of thousands of dollars on what is essentially campaign literature, but he didn't use that benefit this past year. "I'm on Facebook," Tedisco said, "You can see what I do everyday [there]."

The 112th Assembly District include parts of Saratoga and Schenectady counties.
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