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Candidate Free Air Time 2008: Kathy Konst

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Hello. My name is Kathy Konst.and I'm asking for your vote to be your next New York State Senator. I'd like to tell you a little about myself and how I helped create jobs and balance government budgets. Currently, I'm an Erie County legislator serving in my second term in office. Before that, I was an elementary school teacher and an adjunct college professor. For the past ten years, I have also served as president of our local Chamber of Commerce. I was elected to the legislature during the now infamous Erie County budget crisis. Once elected, I proposed immediate reforms which were passed by the legislature and then passed overwhelmingly by the public in a referendum vote. We rigorously cut political pork and patronage and quickly balanced the county budget. I was reelected to the legislature in a Republican district, even though I'm a registered Democrat, and by an overwhelming margin against an opponent who spent three times more money. When the Buffalo News endorsed me that year, they called me quote - one of the bright lights on the legislature. They called me a maverick, said I have integrity, and they endorsed me quote - without reservations. While on the legislature I learned the hard way that ninety percent of our county budget is forced upon us by state and federal mandated programs that we are required to pay for. In other words, the state screws up their budget and then they simply pass the buck. You may have read that the New York State budget is now facing an eight billion dollar deficit. You know what that means - hold on to your wallets. My opponent Dale Volker has been in office for 36 years. He was elected to the legislature before Watergate. Over the past 36 years, we've all witnessed the rapid decline in our state's economy. Our taxes are sky-rocketing. Our businesses and farms are closing. Jobs are being lost. And our children are simply leaving. While in office for over the past 36 years Volker has failed to reform Albany. Don't you think it's time for a change? On November 4th, I hope you will vote for change. My name is Kathy Konst. Thank You.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 4 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: Carlet Cleare
Director: Martin Kaufman
Views: 398
Posted by: wxxi on Oct 27, 2008

Candidate Free Air Time is WXXI Public Broadcasting Council program. Kathy Konst is the Democrat running in the 59th Senate District.

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