UTICA – Stephanie Miner, the independent gubernatorial candidate running on the Serve America Movement party line, was in Utica on Thursday with her running mate, Michael Volpe, to detail their plan for the state to take over Medicaid costs.
Miner says that New York is the only state that forces counties to share Medicaid costs, and she says that shared Medicaid costs eat up an average of 40 percent of county property tax revenue in the 57 counties outside New York City.
Their plan is for the state to assume the total cost of Medicaid for those 57 counties over a five-year period. She says that in upstate areas and here in Oneida County, we have a local share of Medicaid that comes close to outweighing the property tax levy.
With these heavy burdens, Miner and Volpe say the past eight years have been tough for our area.
“Andrew Cuomo just wants to make it a choice between he and Donald Trump,” Miner said. “He is not talking about what he wants to do for the future, he is not talking about the economy in Utica. He's not talking about how we are going to keep families and people here, how we're going to educate children, how we're going to pay for healthcare, how we're going to keep our roads and bridges safe. And that to me shows why he wants to make it just about he and Donald Trump.”
In the Nov. 6 general election, Miner will face Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Republican candidate Marc Molinaro, Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.