It was a crowded Democratic primary for the newly-drawn 109th Assembly seat. That's after longtime legislator Jack McEneny announced his retirement. YNN's Beth Croughan introduces us to the winner of that race and the Republican who wants to win this one.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Democrat Jack McEneny has served parts of Albany County for two decades in the New York State Assembly. But earlier this year, the longtime legislator announced his retirement, leaving the newly-drawn 109th district open for a newcomer.
"Mr. McEneny leaves a legacy of advocacy. I would only hope to build on that," said Democratic candidate Patricia Fahy.
Fahy is running to fill the seat. But, Republican Ted Danz thinks he's got a shot in an area that's heavily shaded-blue.
"I'm on the Republican line. I'm also on the Independence line. And I fought for that Independence line," said 109th Assembly district candidate Ted Danz.
Danz won when they faced off in the Independence primary. "I honestly feel I can make a difference. I'm finally at a stage in my life where I can take the time to really invest in our state," he said.
But Fahy, took the Democratic ticket over five others. "I'm running because I care, and I see the tremendous issues that are facing the district and facing the state and I know that we can do better," she said.
The former Albany City School Board President wants the state to put more money into education, providing relief for property taxpayers. And she thinks investments should be made to provide proper training to help put people to work.
"We have only to look at the Nanotech center to know that there's tremendous potential up there and we've got to make sure that our workers are prepared. The other thing as I mentioned is the green economy," said Fahy.
Her Republican opponent is focused on jobs too, but the founder of Family Danz Heating and Air Conditioning believes the state's backbone should be small businesses. "The state puts one restriction on top of another on top of another on top of another. Let's make it easier for entrepreneurs," said Danz. And Danz wants the state to lower taxes to keep from squeezing the middle class.
Joseph Sullivan is the candidate running on the Conservative Party line.
Whomever of the three wins, will assume office in January, ending an era for Jack McEneny and beginning one of their own.