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Gillibrand visits Whitesboro; Congressional candidates "ready to go"

By PAT BAILEY

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York, stopped by the Boulevard Diner in Whitesboro on Monday to talk with voters.

Gillibrand joined Congressman Michael Arcuri, (D) Utica, to talk about the major issues just hours before the election.

Gillibrand said Monday was more than a "meet and greet," and says she is still out asking voters for support. The U.S. Senator says there is only one party, the Democratic party, that has solutions to fix the problems voters are concerned about.

"We have very, very different visions for Upstate New York and for our communities," said Gillibrand of the two major parties. "We want to see made in America again. We want to enhance manufacturing and small businesses, and (have) job creation. That's really the difference of who we fight for."

Depending on what poll you look at, heading into Tuesday's election, Arcuri holds a slight lead over his challenger, Richard Hanna. Both Hanna and Arcuri says at this point the polls don't matter, it all depends on their message.

"The voters are going to do what the voters do," said Arcuri. "Tomorrow will be about who gets their base out and I think we're working hard at that. I feel we have listened, we have worked hard, we have been responsive and I hope they will re-elect me."

"There is a clear difference between the two candidates," said Hanna. "If people look at that, then I'm confident they will choose me."

Hanna says he would spend Monday and the remaining hours before the election doing only what he can control.

"Reaching out to people around the district, thanking people, urging people to get out and vote. All the things I didn't know enough to do the last time I ran," Hanna said.

Incumbent Michael Arcuri said he too would spend Monday meeting with people and making a last minute push to get his message out.

Arcuri said he knows being an incumbent on election day will be tough in a year where there is an anti-incumbent movement among many voters.

"Are people unhappy?" Arcuri said. "Yeah, they are. But what they're really unhappy with are people who won't listen. I think the fact that we have listened, puts us at an advantage."

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