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CBS 6 Speaks with Candidates for 102nd Assembly District Special Election

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SCHOHARIE & COLUMBIA COUNTY, NY - The race for the open Assembly seat in the 102nd district sees three candidates vying for the seat vacated by Peter Lopez, who is now a regional administrator for the EPA.

If there’s one thing the three candidates are connected on, it’s getting broadband to the district, which covers all of Schoharie County, parts of Columbia and Greene Counties, and other areas of the Capital Region candidates say are underserved.

29-Year-Old Greene County legislator Aidan O’Connor says aside from making high speed a high priority, he wants to combat the opioid crisis, something he’s seen firsthand as a paramedic.

“I’ve seen the opportunity for a second chance, but I’ve also been there to tell mothers, children that their loved ones passed away,” O’Connor tells CBS 6.

Republican candidate and Schoharie Town Supervisor Chris Tague says his focus would be on trying to bring back the jobs that have left upstate New York.

“Someone with experience, someone who has work ethic that will be a full-time asssemblyman and that’s what I plan to do,” Tague said.

This assembly race also features an independent. Wes Laraway has taught at Middleburgh Central School for 30 years. He says there needs to be a focus on helping the area farms and getting young people trade jobs, but he also has criticism for Chris Tague, in reaction to a report in the Times Union this week.

“My opponent was also working for Assemblyman McLaughlin at the Capital, working 17.5 hours a week for $10,000 a year, and next-to-free healthcare. That’s what’s wrong,” said Laraway.

Tague responded to the comments.

“When I was offered the job, I did the job, I don’t think there’s anything unethical if you do the work and it’s part of what offered to you.”

Election Day is Tuesday, April 24th.

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