The contenders in the 115th assembly race met in a town hall style debate Tuesday night.
The informal debate between Conservative Karen Bisso and Democrat Tim Carpenter in Malone followed a basic format, but allowed questions from those who attended the forum. A number of issues were covered and there was often congenial discussion between the two. A recurring theme was displeasure with Albany as shown in their response to the state mandated tax cap. Democrat Tim Carpenter works for the Corrections Department and is a Plattsburgh city councillor
The top two executives at the non-profit New York Racing Association, which operates New York’s three state-owned horse tracks, were fired last week amid allegations they knew the company was collecting more than the legal amount of so-called takeout on certain bets, costing winning bettors an estimated $8.5 million dollars.
The firings have called into question the idea of gambling and gaming in general, as Governor Andrew Cuomo calls for a constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas style casinos in the state.
For many, the month of March signals one of the most exciting events in U.S. sport – the NCAA men’s basketball division one tournament.
This year’s tourney in particular has scored high thus far on the madness-meter, with two 15 seeded teams, the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks and Norfolk State Spartans defeating number 2 seeded Duke Blue Devils and University of Missouri Tigers respectively.