Several local candidates gathered at the YWCA in Elmira on Tuesday to have one final forum before voters head to the polls next week.
The candidates running for the 124th District in the New York State Assembly disagreed over the “LLC loophole,” which allows LLC companies to donate up to $150,000 to political campaigns every year in New York elections. Democratic candidate Bill Batrowny said his opponent didn’t vote to close the loophole, but Republican candidate Christopher Friend said he thinks a different approach would be better.
“The fact of the matter is my opponent voted not to close this loop hole, and what this loophole does is allow wealthy donors to contribute virtually and unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns,” Batrowny said.
“The problem with the LLC loophole is it’s one part,” Friend said. “You need to go ahead and take the LLCs, you need to take the PACs, you need to take all the groups that can do major amounts of donation in one bill, you can’t do one piece. Political campaigns especially, they can go ahead and they can transfer 300, 400,000 $500,000 from New York City and dump it into an upstate community and they have no representation there, they have no interest there. That’s not right.”
Both candidates for Chemung County Court Judge said they believe their experiences have prepared them for the role of county judge.
“I’ve had a great deal of experience in the court room and representing people, seeing how different judges handle different types of matters,” Democratic candidate Scott Moore said. “And I think having that experience and having seen the things and practiced in those areas, I think that’s what I’m able to bring.”
“I believe that I can take all of my combined 20 years of experience working in the private sector, representing individuals, working in the court system, using my judicial hearing officer training, using my training of being in the judicial world every single day, being behind the bench, being a part of the decision-making process to be able to give back to our community,” Republican candidate Christopher Baker said.
Senator Tom O’Mara and Democratic candidate for New York State Senate Leslie Danks-Burke also spoke at the forum on Tuesday night.