The Republican Primary is September 9th, 2014. Assemblywoman Janet Duprey is pushing for voter turnout. “Too much apathy can be a bad thing,” she says during our conversation, “If people make assumptions and don’t show up to the polls, things could be different. It’s important that everyone who is registered get out to vote and make your voice heard.” On the K&J Show Thursday, we’re speaking with Assemblywoman Duprey who is in fact running for another term in the 115th Assembly District in New York.
During our conversation we’ll talk about issues relevant to Clinton and Franklin Counties. In Franklin County, Duprey has been pushing passage of the bed tax and working across the entire district to add judges to the bench. In Malone, their efforts have been successful in Family Court. Education is a topic that is important to Duprey and we’ll discuss shrinking budgets, consolidation and special education. Duprey is a ranking member of the Government Affairs Committee and is studying disaster relief planning. We’ll talk about the risks involved in transporting crude oil through municipalities and then through Albany.
Duprey’s website offers these issues among many for discussion;
As we approach the budget process, we must address the needs of our education systems while recognizing the reduction of state aid over several years has created significant problems to our schools. Although we did increase state aid last year, it was not nearly enough to compensate for prior years’ cuts. Under the 2% property tax cap, our school districts can’t raise revenue locally to continue with the quality of education our future leaders deserve. As school districts have used up fund balances, federal and state aid must invest more funds or serious, unacceptable cuts will be made within our schools. Our students deserve better.
Once again our North Country Regional Economic Development Council has been chosen for one of the top awards in the State. We received $90.2 million this year bringing our two year total to almost $200 million. Congratulations to co-chairs Garry Douglas and Dr. Tony Collins for their leadership and to all of the volunteers who do such an outstanding job of selecting outstanding projects to receive this money. The jobs created and retained by the funding received is a huge boost to our North Country economy.
Bombardier and Nova Bus:
We continue to shine in the transportation business with both Bombardier and Nova Bus receiving millions of dollars in contracts. There is no doubt that the excellent work forces in both of these plants contribute greatly to the success of these companies obtaining contracts from throughout the United States. Both plants in Plattsburgh will be undertaking expansions, and we’re proud to have them located here.