UTICA, NY – They’re rounding the turn and heading towards the finish line in the 22nd Congressional race here in New York.
Incumbent candidate Anthony Brindisi (D) and challenger Claudia Tenney (R) took to the stage at MVCC’s Utica campus Monday in a live debate that was broadcast throughout the 22nd Congressional district.
In between all the finger-pointing, the two candidates answered questions from a panel on a variety of topics including aid to small business, law enforcement, and broadband internet access.
And as we’re nearing the one year anniversary of the devastating Halloween floods that affected our area, the two candidates also informed the public on what they would do to alleviate local flooding and combat climate change.
“These torrential storms have been the manifestation of climate change in our district,” said Brindisi.
“I toured many areas, whether it's up on the shores of Lake Ontario, here in the Utica area, Whitesboro, New Hartford, down in the Southern Tier, our area is no stranger to flooding. We have to do more to build back our infrastructure, but we also have to recognize that climate change is a threat to our planet and if we don't do something about it now, then it's going to be too late."
“I’m not sure how much of this flooding you can attribute to climate change,” countered Tenney.
“Although our climate does change and I think we do need to address it. My biggest concern again is coming from the state government, I’ve dealt with this issue. I've climbed in and out of cellars all up and down my district when I was in the Assembly and also in Congress to deal with this devastating flooding and have gotten resources to people. We've worked around the clock to make sure that happened, but the problem again is the DEC. We cannot manage our streams and lakes. The DEC has prioritized the fish and wildlife over the human environment."
Early voting has already started in New York and runs up through Election Day, which is one week from Tuesday.