16th Legislative District Heats Up Days Before Election
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IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. -- For two people who have run in the past for a seat in the 16th Legislative District, they know it takes a personal touch.
Former County legislator Vinnie Esposito left the Irondequoit-based legislature seat in July to work with Empire State Development. Republican Dr. Joe Carbone and Democrat Stephanie Aldersley have seized this opportunity and have been campaigning door-to door.
"I feel really, really lucky that I got a second chance," said Carbone.
A chance that came unexpectedly just one year after Carbone faced Vinnie Esposito for the 16th district legislature seat. Carbone has been a podiatrist in Irondequoit for the past twenty-six years. He says he decided to run again because he's frustrated watching people lose their jobs and leave town.
"I see patients every day, their kids move out of town to get jobs, elderly people on a fixed income are moving out of their homes, out of Irondequoit," said Carbone.
If elected, Carbone says his focus will be on making the county more business-friendly.
"I'm gonna support anything that comes by me that's gonna promote business, promote jobs, lower taxes, keep taxes flat, anything that's gonna flourish the economy," stated Carbone.
Carbone says this legislature position calls for the same juggling act he's done for years.
"I'm in private practice, a small business owner essentially," he said. "I've balanced the budget, I've created jobs. I think we need more private people in politics, taking the politician out of politics."
For Stephanie Aldersley, this special election is an opportunity to regain the seat she held for ten years.
"I truly am a person with institutional knowledge; I know the county. As far as remembering things we tried before that worked or didn't work, relevant questions to ask," said Aldersley.
Aldersley spent the last five years serving on the Irondequoit Town Board. In July, the Monroe County Legislature appointed her to fill Esposito's seat in the interim.
"We have to find a way to keep Monroe County taxes down. Another problem is getting development here, jobs," said Aldersley.
Aldersley says she will also focus on the infant mortality rate and supporting recreation and education development. She plans to continue much of Esposito's work such as reducing the number of legislators to save tax payers a million dollars annually.
"They know me, they have an idea of who I am and what I stand for," she said. "I want them to think about me as someone they can talk to or call, if I can't help them I'll find someone who can."
As they go door-to-door, sometime's it's a quick stop. Other times they're put on the spot.
Whether the seat will be filled by a returning veteran or a well-known town physician, voters will decide on Tuesday.