Claudia Tenney will look to take back the 22nd Congressional District seat this November from incumbent Anthony Brindisi, who defeated her in 2018.
Here’s where they stand on three key issues:
Brindisi: In order to grow and recover, relief needs to come to the county for its hospital, essential workers, small businesses, school and working families, Brindisi said. However as the county continues to look at economic development opportunities it must “find solutions that provide for jobs in the 21st century economy.”
“A key component of doing that will be building out access to affordable, reliable, and quality broadband service,” he said.
Tenney: Small businesses need to be able to open safely and stay open. Tenney said small businesses need a reduction in taxes and both economic and technical assistance. While the CARES Act offered some assistance to farmers, Tenney said she’s looking to get more help to them.
“I will go to Congress, roll up my sleeves, and deliver for Cortland county — lower taxes, less regulation, and a growing economy,” Tenney said.
Tenney: Investment in new technology, along with building up the infrastructure, is needed to expand broadband access, Tenney said. Cortland County residents need to have more opportunities than just Spectrum Cable, as well.
“We need to break up the monopoly, give consumers choices and introduce competition so rates come down and access and service improve,” she said.
Brindisi: A larger investment needs to be made in rural broadband infrastructure to decrease the rural-urban divide, Brindisi said. His broadband survey with the Federal Communications Commission to gather data to map broadband access was just the first step.
“Until we address the bad data the FCC is using to make investment decisions, we won’t get our rural communities the resources we need,” Brindisi said.
Brindisi: Brindisi said he’s been working throughout the pandemic to get funding for Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. Brindisi said he’s against the current presidential administration opposing the Affordable Care Act and wants to protect those with pre-existing conditions. Brindisi said his Jobs and Premium Protection Act, which passed, repealed the health insurance tax and prevented premium increases. He also said he got legislation passed that allowed Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices.
“Bringing down costs, increasing access, and making sure our hospitals are adequately staffed is essential to preserving our rural communities,” he said.
Tenney: Tenney said she co-sponsored a law to protect people with pre-existing conditions while in Congress, which passed the House. Tenney also said the Affordable Care Act hurts people in Cortland County, leading to higher premiums. She supported the 2016 Safe Staffing Act while she was in the New York Assembly to make sure senior homes were staffed adequately.
“I oppose proposals for a government takeover of healthcare that would kick more than 150 million Americans off their insurance and imperil seniors’ Medicare,” she said.