Contact: Sandy Galef – 914-450-4086
TJ Rogers – 914- 924-8313
PRESS RELEASE: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A STATEMENT FROM ASSEMBLYWOMAN SANDY GALEF
ON THE OCTOBER 4, 2012 PCTV DEBATE
In campaigning for public office, as in any conversation, we all bring with us our own unique perspective, and this informs how we view the issues. I respect that differences of opinion can arise among thoughtful people of good conscience, and that honest disagreements present an opportunity for us to learn from one another.
But often times in the heat of a political campaign words are twisted, half-truths stated, and allegations and criticisms are spoken without evidence or a full understanding of the facts. Candidates and their campaigns craft language and cite quotes out of context to promote whatever message casts them in the best light, or makes their opponent appear foolish.
This is not a campaign practice that I indulge in, and I do not intend to start now. Instead I invite you to listen to me and my opponent discuss the issues directly, without the post-debate spin of campaign rhetoric. Below is a web address to a debate hosted by PCTV, where my opponent and I discussed many issues that are important to the residents of the 95th Assembly District. I encourage you to watch it in full:
If you do not have time to watch the full hour-long debate, below is an outline of the questions the moderators posed and the point in time of the video when they were asked. Please feel free to skip to the issues that interest you the most.
1:00 – Sandy Galef Opening Statement
4:30 – Kim Izzarelli Opening Statement
6:51 – Issue #1: The tax cap
11:45 – Issue #2: Municipal budgets
13:45 – Issue #3: Mandate relief
20:00 – Issue #4: What are the top 2 or 3 ways to achieve mandate relief?
27:20 – Issue #5: Why is mandate relief difficult to implement?
33:25 – Issue #6: State school aid / Lottery
43:00 – Issue #7: Member items
45:20 – Issue #8: Hydrofracking
47:38 – Issue #9: The Tappan Zee Bridge / Redistricting
53:40 – Issue #10: Casino gambling
56:20 – Issue #11: Government process and ethics
61:30 – Kim Izzarelli Closing Remarks
62:50 – Sandy Galef Closing Remarks
Thank you so much for taking the time to educate yourself on the issues. Informed citizens like yourselves are helping me and Governor Cuomo keep New York on the right track!