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NY Assembly Candidate Debates 2002

Candidates for the New York State Assembly District seats in Districts 118 and 122 met for a debate at the Northside Improvement League in Watertown, October 15. Each candidate was asked a series of questions to which they gave two-minute replies. The questions appear below, with candidate replies given in audio form.

NY Assembly Dist. 118 Candidates
Patricia Ritchie (Republican-Heuvelton) Darryl Aubertine (Democrat-Cape Vincent) Lee Monnet (Libertarian-Ogdensburg)

NY Assembly Dist. 122 Candidates
 
Dierdre Scozzafava (Republican-Gouverneur) Anthony "Andy" Byrnes (Democrat-Lowville)  

Opening Remarks:
Ritchie (118 Rep.)
Aubertine (118 Dem.)
Monnet (118 Lib.)
Scozzafava (122 Rep.)
Byrnes (122 Rep.)

What will you do to raise the minimum wage? What will you do to bring good jobs to the North Country?
Ritchie (118 Rep.)
Aubertine (118 Dem.)
Monnet (118 Lib.)
Scozzafava (122 Rep.)
Byrnes (122 Rep.)

New York State government seems to be run by "three men in a room", the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the majority leader in the Senate. Other than constituent services, how can you make a difference in Albany?
Ritchie (118 Rep.)
Aubertine (118 Dem.)
Monnet (118 Lib.)
Scozzafava (122 Rep.)
Byrnes (122 Rep.)

What is your educational background? One candidate has said Albany has ignored the North Country for some time. How do you feel about that statement? -alb.rm
Ritchie (118 Rep.)
Aubertine (118 Dem.)
Monnet (118 Lib.)
Scozzafava (122 Rep.)
Byrnes (122 Rep.)

What are your feelings about a "rooftop highway" and how do you propose paying for it?
Ritchie (118 Rep.)
Aubertine (118 Dem.)
Monnet (118 Lib.)
Scozzafava (122 Rep.)
Byrnes (122 Rep.)

Where do you see the family farm in five years? What issues do you think could save the family farm? Do you think the government is putting the family farm out of business?
Ritchie (118 Rep.)
Aubertine (118 Dem.)
Monnet (118 Lib.)
Scozzafava (122 Rep.)
Byrnes (122 Rep.)

Would you support reform or repeal of New York's Rockefeller drug laws?
Ritchie (118 Rep.)
Aubertine (118 Dem.)
Monnet (118 Lib.)
Scozzafava (122 Rep.)
Byrnes (122 Rep.)

Closing remarks:
Ritchie (118 Rep.)
Aubertine (118 Dem.)
Monnet (118 Lib.)
Scozzafava (122 Rep.)
Byrnes (122 Rep.)

Debate Schedule

NY Assembly Dist. 118
Darryl Aubertine, Democrat
Patricia Ritchie, Republican
Lee Monnet, Libertarian

October 15, 7 pm
Northside Improvement League, 633 Mill St. Watertown

October 22, 12:15 pm
WATN-1240 AM radio
Hotline

October 22, 7 pm
Italian-American Civic Assoc., 193 Belew Ave., Watertown

October 24, 7 pm
Massena High School, 84 Hightengale Ave., Massena


NY Assembly Dist. 122
Dierdre K. Scozzafava, Republican (Incumbent)
Anthony L. Byrnes, Republican

October 15, 7 pm
Northside Improvement Leaugue, 633 Mill St. Watertown

October 21, 7 pm
Lake Ontario Playhouse, West Main Street, Sackets Harbor

October 24, 12:15 pm
WATN-1240 AM radio
Hotline