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State Assembly candidates offer differing views

Poised for a debate Tuesday Aug. 23 in their quest for a state Assembly seat  are Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec (left), a Republican from Queensbury, and Glens Falls Attorney Dennis Tarantino (right), a Democrat. The debate, sponsored by the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, was held in the Queensbury High School auditorium.

Poised for a debate Tuesday Aug. 23 in their quest for a state Assembly seat are Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec (left), a Republican from Queensbury, and Glens Falls Attorney Dennis Tarantino (right), a Democrat. The debate, sponsored by the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, was held in the Queensbury High School auditorium. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Stec cited his years of service as Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, working effectively with both Democrats and fellow Republicans.

Tarantino said if elected, he’d establish an association of North Country state legislators, meeting regularly to discuss issues and reach a consensus.

Stec identified his top legislative priorities as shrinking the cost of state government, promoting economic development, improving infrastructure — highways and bridges as well as broadband access — as well as rolling back unfunded mandates that now stifle small businesses as well as local government.

Tarantino said he sought to curb excessive governmental regulations and unfunded mandates, boost the North Country economy, bolster environmental protection, promote tourism and work to consolidate the state’s 108 agencies.

Stec called for the state to call a halt to its land purchases in the Adirondacks, a statement that prompted loud cheers from the audience of about 400. He said that the $50 million in state Environmental Protection fund money now earmarked for acquiring 69,000 acres of forest land in southern Essex County ought to be spent on curbing invasive species in Lake George.

Tarantino indicated support for the pending purchase.

“There’s another side to this issue,” citing that the supervisors of the towns of North Hudson and Newcomb both supported the transaction that has been advanced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Both said that attending to the needs of U.S. veterans was of primary importance.

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