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The Times
  • Herkimer Co. Primary Day is Sept. 13

  • Republican and Conservative voters in a number of Herkimer County townships will have the opportunity to vote in two primary elections on Thursday, Sept. 13.

    Herkimer County Republican Chair Sylvia Rowan said polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

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  • Republican and Conservative voters in a number of Herkimer County townships will have the opportunity to vote in two primary elections on Thursday, Sept. 13.
    Herkimer County Republican Chair Sylvia Rowan said polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.
    “Many residents continue to be confused about new district lines for state and federal representatives in Herkimer County,” said Rowan.
    “This primary is more confusing because, out of respect for the events of Sept. 11, a decision was made to move the primary from its traditional date on Tuesday to Thursday, Sept. 13,” she added.
    Voters in the new 51st Senate District will vote for incumbent James Seward, who has been in office the past 26 years, or challenger James Blake, a political newcomer.
    Seward has said he is running for re-election because he wants to continue to improve the quality of life for the residents of his district. He said if re-elected he would focus on supporting legislation to create jobs, promote economic growth and provide widespread mandate relief.
    “New York is moving in the right direction. Concepts I endorse like job creation, property tax relief and government restraint are once again advancing in Albany. I look forward to continuing to partner with local officials, community leaders and residents as we work together to foster additional growth and meet the needs of those who live and work here in our part of upstate New York,” said Seward.
    Blake, a businessman in the town of Maryland, wants to ensure a healthy future for his five children. He said he supports lowering property taxes to stimulate the economy and term limits for politicians.
    “The economy and jobs must be the key concern. New York state’s competitive regional grant task forces miss the mark. They decide what businesses need, rather than asking businesses what it would take for them to locate jobs in New York. We have far too many people below the poverty line. We need lower taxes and less regulation to put people to work in not just jobs, but good jobs. Upstate New York needs to work towards a new vision and a new direction which isn’t pointed toward Albany, but toward one of the many natural resources the state has to offer, its talented people,” said Blake.
    The district includes the towns of Columbia, Danube, Frankfort, German Flatts, Herkimer, Litchfield, Little Falls, Newport, Norway, Schuyler, Stark, Warren and Winfield, as well as the city of Little Falls.
    In the 101st Assembly District, incumbent Claudia Tenney is being opposed by Brian Maher.
    Tenney is finishing up her first term as the assemblywoman for the 115th District. If elected to represent the 101st District, she said her focus will be on facilitating job creation, making New York more business friendly, reducing government spending and taxes and obtaining mandate relief.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Businesses have to be competitive and New York is not helping them do that,” she said.
    Maher, the mayor of the village of Walden, said he will fight for businesses and strive to create more jobs. He also said he will work hard to make the state more business friendly.
    “I will vote against any burdensome regulations, increased fees and any imposing regulations which make it difficult to be successful here,” said Maher. “New York is doing way too much to hurt businesses instead of helping businesses.”
    The district includes the towns of Columbia, German Flatts, Litchfield, Little Falls, Warren and Winfield, as well as the city of Little Falls.

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