BREAKING NEWS Utica Police say a man was shot multiple times Friday night around 11:00 on Howard Ave. and died from his injuries. Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Candidates debate issues in 22nd district Congressional race

The two candidates in the high-stakes 22nd Congressional district race kept the gloves on for a time, discussing priorities during a political forum Wednesday morning, at the Beeches, in Rome.

Posted: Oct 17, 2018 6:12 PM


The two candidates in the high-stakes 22nd Congressional district race kept the gloves on for a time, discussing priorities during a political forum Wednesday morning, at the Beeches, in Rome. For the Republican incumbent-jobs.

"I think the most important issue facing our nation is getting people back to work. We need to have people working so that they can earn a living, they could take care of their families, they could live the American dream," said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.

The Democratic challenger says healthcare is priority one.

"To me, the number one priority is, we need to focus on rising premiums that are affecting everyone in this community and across upstate New York because of the two-year assault on the Affordable Care Act," said Anthony Brindisi.

In opening remarks, a hint of the dissention to come.

"What binds all these people together is their desire to have a representative in Congress who does not look for ways to try and divide people," said Brindisi.

Soon, the gloves came completely off.

"I feel like we're at the drone site, just droning on and on with trained, Nancy Pelosi talking points. She raised taxes. I have never raised taxes," said Tenney. "I don't know where to begin. It's a word salad of lies."

Rome Free Academy history and government students were in the audience at the political forum. They talked about how their elected leaders treated each other.

"I thought they answered some very good questions especially from the students. I think some of them, they kind of dodged the question a little bit and just attacked each other. Didn't really answer what needed to be answered," said Lauren La Forest. La Forest represents the RFA newspaper, the Knight Times. She found her industry under attack by the incumbent.

"Good luck fact checking anything with our local media because they're so busy erasing all the negative references to Anthony Brindisi that are on their website," said Tenney. After the forum, still at the event, Tenney cited the local newspaper for information.

"Recently in the Utica Observer Dispatch, just the increase in the funding for our community service agencies, those are something I fought for and obtained."

The roughly hour-long exchange between the two left the students hungry for more.

"I'd say very good debate and I'd be very intrigued to go and see more," said RFA student, Anthony Tamburrino.

The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce and the Professional and Businesswomen of Rome presented the forum.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 424167

Reported Deaths: 32827
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City22953423615
Suffolk440451998
Nassau438402195
Westchester364021447
Rockland13981674
Orange11217491
Erie9064674
Monroe5122285
Dutchess4655153
Onondaga3646203
Albany2639129
Oneida2189117
Ulster208692
Niagara152498
Sullivan149148
Putnam145763
Broome116569
Schenectady109237
Rensselaer78538
Saratoga78217
Columbia55137
Madison41917
Ontario36634
Warren31233
Fulton30324
Steuben30342
Orleans29954
Greene29618
Genesee2845
Herkimer2784
Wayne2653
Oswego2643
St. Lawrence2634
Chautauqua2609
Washington26014
Tompkins2360
Chenango2186
Tioga19525
Chemung1873
Montgomery1814
Livingston1788
Cattaraugus1696
Cayuga1632
Jefferson1430
Clinton1304
Otsego1185
Wyoming1185
Delaware1074
Cortland970
Seneca933
Allegany801
Schoharie690
Yates587
Essex570
Franklin540
Lewis470
Schuyler220
Hamilton80
Unassigned00
Utica
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 70°
Oneonta
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 70°
Herkimer
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 70°
Thendara
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 70°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Ask EPLC Sweepstakes
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left