UTICA, NY-- The race for the 119th district state assembly seat is just over two weeks away. Both candidates are traveling around the community voicing their opinions on where they see the district going in the future.
On Monday, Republican candidate Dennis Bova spoke at the Old Main building on Court Street, speaking on healthcare as well as other issues that he believes needs to be addressed.
“Bringing viable jobs back to the area, we have a plan for that, and I’ve mentioned that a few times. We want to offer the best healthcare that we can in this area. Bring in new physicians’ new services, pediatrics.” Bova said
Bova and Democratic candidate Marianne Buttenshcon believe education is a top priority moving forward.
“We provide opportunities which is the third approach which is economic development. Attempting to ensure that economic development and education ties and links with one another," Buttenshcon said
At his press conference today, Bova spoke today about how if elected he would provide more resources for people suffering with mental health issues. Bova even spoke about reopening the former mental health hospital on Court Street.
”We have to develop a program, get these buildings reopened, get them in there and get them the help that they need.” Bova said
We asked Buttenshcon what she thought of the statement, and she disagreed with reopening the former hospital, but agrees that more treatment options are needed.
“I find that the safety umbrella is very large, so that would look at mental health, the opioid epidemic that we are faced with,” Buttenshcon said.
A debate between the two candidates is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Oneida County Historical Center in Utica.