BOLTON LANDING, NY (NEWS10) — With less than two months to go until Election Day, Republican and Democratic politicians are out in force, making their positions known. Governor Kathy Hochul and her gubernatorial challenger, Congressman Lee Zeldin, spoke Friday at the Business Council conference held at the Sagamore Resort.
“I think our members and business owners in general just want a candidate who is going to really help them thrive and grow an economy in New York State that desperately needs it,” said Patrick Bailey. , director of communications for the Business Council.
One of the issues the governor talked about was child care.
“People think it’s not a business issue, but it’s definitely a business issue,” Bailey explained. “We have millions of jobs open right now, but not enough people to fill them. Not just in this state, but across the country. Issues like that, we’ve always worked well with her. She wants to develop childcare, so do we. The question is how do we do that? And that’s going to be a big question going forward. As far as Lee Zeldin is concerned, he said a lot of things today that I think that our members would certainly approve and perhaps vote for him based on what he said today.
Zeldin’s campaign focused on issues such as lowering taxes and creating well-paying jobs.
State GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy and Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs were also at the conference speaking in a forum.
“We talked about the economy, we talked about energy prices,” Jacobs said. “We talked about making sure we have a strong business environment so businesses can come here, people can find jobs here. Graduates will stay here. I think that’s the future of New York, that’s what Governor Kathy Hochul is working towards and I was trying to make sure we got that message across.
New York State GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud said Langworthy and Jacobs had a good and informative discussion. Langworthy’s team stressed the need for a Republican in the executive office.
“One-party rule does not serve the state,” Proud said. And the president made a very effective argument for why having a Republican governor would be a real check and balance to the legislature.