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Stec, Tarantino say no to raises, maybe to casinos, disagree on minimum wage

Q&A

October 10, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer (cmorris@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Enterprise: Do you support an expansion of casino gambling, as proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo?

Dan Stec: I think it can be explored as part of an economic recovery plan, but not at the expense of our families and the existing social bonds of local communities.

Dennis Tarantino: Economically, there's no question this could be a great boon. Is it the right thing environmentally and socially? That's a tough call. I definitely think it should go to the public to decide.

Article Photos

Dennis Tarantino, left, and Dan Stec debate Sept. 25 in Queensbury.
(Enterprise photos — Chris Morris)

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Enterprise: Should the minimum wage be increased?

Stec: I've talked to a lot of small businesses in this district. Not one has told me that a minimum wage hike will help improve our economy. In fact, many of them worry it will impede their ability to hire new employees.

Fact Box

New York's new 114th Assembly District includes all of Essex and Warren counties as well as the northern parts of Saratoga and Washington counties. The district is currently the 113th and has been represented by Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, since 2003. Sayward will retire at year's end to spend more time with her family.

Dan Stec will be on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. He is supervisor of the town of Queensbury and chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

Dennis Tarantino will be on the Democratic and Working Families party lines. He is sole proprietor of the Kenneally and Tarantino law firm and owner of Maple Abstract and Realty Corporation, both in Glens Falls.

Tarantino: As I campaign around the district, I can't see a reason not to raise the minimum wage. ... I talked to one business owner and asked, "The last time we raised the minimum wage, did it hurt your business?" He said no.

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Enterprise: Should pay for state lawmakers be increased?

Stec: Lawmakers in Albany already make enough. While on the county Board of Legislators, I lowered my pay when the economic recession began.

Tarantino: No. This job is part-time. The pay is more than adequate.

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Enterprise: Should New York state legalize medical marijuana?

Stec: No. I am concerned that drugs will fall into the hands of criminals and addiction rates among children will rise.

Tarantino: Could it help people experiencing pain? Could it lead to dependency issues? I'd like to hear from the experts on it.

 
 

 

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