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Campaign Season 2010

Primary results are in. Voters are now looking for information on the candidates who are vying for the chance to represent them in Washington D.C. and Albany. To help our readers make informed decisions in the voting booth this November, Anton Community Newspapers put together questions that should provide a good introduction to each candidate’s platform.

In the weeks to come, look for candidates’ responses to the following questions:

To Congressional Candidates:

• Peter King (R) - incumbent - (3rd Congressional District)

• Howard Kudler (D) - challenger - (3rd Congressional District)

1. How will you address Long Island’s struggling small businesses as well as Long Island’s unemployment situation?

2. If you are the incumbent, did you vote for the following three bills? Why or not? If you are the challenger, would you have voted for the following three bills? Why or why not?

• The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 signed by President Bush? Why or why not?

• The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 signed by President Obama? Why or why not?

• The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama in 2010? Why or why not?

3. Please state your additional priorities and your plans to address them.

To New York State Candidates:

• Carl Marcellino (R) - incumbent - (5th Senatorial District)

• Larry Silverman (D) - challenger - (5th Senatorial District)

• Charles Lavine (D) - incumbent - (13th Assembly District)

• Robert Germino (R) - challenger - (13th Assembly District)

• Michael Montesano (R) - incumbent - (15th Assembly District)

• Leon Hart (D) - challenger - (15th Assembly District)

1. Would you support State legislation instituting a property tax cap?

Explain how this legislation would or would not have an impact on school districts and local government? Do you support any mandate reform bills aimed at lowering the tax levy for schools and municipalities?

2. Do you agree with the criticism that the environment in Albany is “dysfunctional?” What steps would you take to help the Legislature function more effectively?

3. Other than the above, what are your legislative priorities and how do you plan to address them? If your priorities involve spending, where will the funds come from? If your priorities involve tax cuts, what would you cut from the budget to accommodate the loss of revenue?