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GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro talks taxes with voters

August 27, 2018 11:09 AM

As the race for New York State Governor closes in, upstate voters had an opportunity Sunday to meet the Republican nominee on the November ballot.

Marc Molinaro's campaign trail landed in Spencerport. 

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The candidates’ experience includes 12 years as a village mayor, six years in the State Assembly and current Dutchess County Executive.  
“In 2011 I was elected to serve in Dutchess County Executive and I’m also the youngest County Executive,” the candidate told voters at the town hall. 

According to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, the Republican currently ranks second among candidates running for New York State Governor. 

“This governor's allowed New York to become the most expensive place in America with the highest tax burden in America,” said Molinaro. 

“The state would be making money hand over fist if they lower the taxes,” said voter Steve Millman agreeing with Molinaro. “We've gone from being, what George Washington termed us, the ‘Empire State’ to the vampire state and now it's the emptier state.”

According to a 2015 analysis by the Tax Foundation, New York was ranked the highest when comparing only state and local income taxes. When analyzing all taxes, New York ranked second.

Other things Molinaro supports include gay marriage, mental health initiatives, and disabilities rights. 

While he supports abortion he wouldn't expand access to late-term abortions and is against fracking. 

This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will debate with Working Families Party candidate Cynthia Nixon. 

A spokesperson for Cuomo issued the following statement:

"It was mini-me Marc Molinaro who backed Trump’s tax scam to raise taxes on New Yorkers by nearly 30 percent – devastating homeowners and decimating our middle class. Like his idol Trump, he’s against marriage equality, a woman’s right to choose and common-sense gun laws. It’s clear desperate Molinaro will do anything to distract from both his embarrassing record and the sad state of his flailing campaign.” 

The debate is Aug. 29 followed by the primary on Sept. 13.

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