Syracuse, N.Y., August 29, 2018 - The following is a statement from Stephanie Miner about tonight's Democratic primary debate:
Tonight’s debate between Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon showed the need for less sniping and more substance.
It was particularly disappointing that the single debate didn’t feature any questions about Upstate job creation or the failure of the governor’s economic development programs. One million New Yorkers have left the state since 2010. Upstate job growth is anemic compared to New York City and the rest of the country. The governor’s signature job -creation programs have been mired in corruption. Voters deserved to hear Cuomo address these shortcomings, as well as hear what Nixon brings to the table.
I was also disturbed that Cuomo pledged to enact ethics reform, when he is working with the assembly to block passage of meaningful oversight measures. Cuomo gives himself credit for being an adept politician who gets things done, but he’s abdicated any responsibility for cleaning up the Albany swamp.
I insist that the remainder of the gubernatorial campaign focuses on real dialogue about issues and problem-solving. New Yorkers deserve no less.