UTICA, NY – The Republican candidate for governor of New York State stopped by Utica for a town hall Tuesday.
Decided and undecided voters alike showed up at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Utica to hear Marc Molinaro speak on a variety of issues.
Molinaro spoke briefly to the crowd about his background and why he’s running for governor. He then answered questions from the crowd on a variety of issues, such as eminent domain, downstate versus upstate, education, and the SAFE Act.
Shawn Eddy was one of those in attendance.
“I want to know what he’s going to do with the Nano Center if anything. What’s he going to do for Upstate New York, instead of Downstate New York? That seems to be the way it’s been for the past 20 years. Everyone is worried about Downstate. I want to know what we’re going to do up here.”
Molinaro and his supporters realize he has a tough campaign ahead of him. Which is why he wears a special Underdog pin on his lapel.
“I have both friends and my own kids who realize that dad in this race is an underdog, and I wouldn't have it any other way. This is just a reminder that some of the greatest fights have been won by the guy punching up, or the lady struggling to point up. And it's about time the underdogs of New York stand up, be heard, and take their government back.”
In the general election on Nov. 6, Molinaro will face Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe, independent candidate Stephanie Miner, and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. It's unclear whether Democratic candidate Cynthia Nixon will continue her campaign after losing the primary election to Cuomo.