PLATTSBURGH — Karen Bisso has been to parades, gun shows and tractor pulls.
She puts on her jersey each day and takes a hit, but she promised to talk to people and listen, and said she has done that over the past seven months.
“I kept that promise,” said Bisso, a Republican and Conservative candidate for the New York State Assembly in the 115th Assembly District.
She spoke recently at a press conference in the Town of Plattsburgh, during which Doug Hoffmann announced his full support of Bisso. He said he has known her for years, and she has an “incredible” work ethic and realistic approach to repairing New York state. Bisso, a veteran teacher and businesswoman, is tired of unfunded mandates in education, Hoffmann said, and has spoken out against rising taxes and increased government regulations that hamper business and job development.
Following that announcement, Hoffman, a Lake Placid businessman and former congressional candidate, attacked Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.
Bisso and David Kimmel are seeking to defeat Duprey, the incumbent, at the Republican primary on Sept. 13. The winner will run against Democrat Timothy Carpenter, a City of Plattsburgh councilor from Ward 1.
Hoffmann accused Duprey of double-dipping by drawing her Assembly salary while collecting a state funded retirement.
“She is an elected representative and is supposed to be a role model,” said Hoffmann, who admitted she is doing nothing against the law, referring to it as a “loop hole.”
“Additionally, as a resident of the area, I watched effects on families of corrections officers and employees when Camp Gabriels closed under her watch,” Hoffmann continued. “These families had to suffer the financial cutbacks.”
Hoffmann said Duprey often casts liberal votes.
“As a conservative, I am frankly disgusted by Janet Duprey ignoring her constituents by voting to change our historical and religious definition of marriage.”