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November 1, 2012

Gibson, Schreibman battle to the finish


So far, New York’s most powerful Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has not done any campaign events with Schreibman. Asked about that, Schreibman said he understands Cuomo has a busy schedule, and is currently tied up dealing with communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Asked if any Democratic heavyweights would swoop into the district in the final days — as former President Bill Clinton did in 2010 for the Democratic congressman, Scott Murphy, who was beaten by Gibson two years ago, Schreibman said he knew of no such events.

Gibson, asked about Schreibman’s attempts to associate him with the conservative Tea Party, said his voting record supports his assertion that he is among the most moderate members of the congressional Republican delegation.

“I see myself working for everybody — for Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party and everyone in between,” the congressman said. “I don’t even think in divisive ways, much less language that does that.”

Schreibman, a Yale graduate who works for a New York City law firm, also seeks to portray himself as having a balanced platform, one that he said looks out for the interest of middle-class New Yorkers, small business operators and farmers.

“The congressman, unfortunately, has been supporting plans that are been very good for big business and those at the top of the economic ladder,” he said. “You need to advocate for the kind of policies that are targeted at the kind of economy we have here in upstate New York.”

Gibson countered that he has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business and the Farm Bureau, and has led efforts in Congress to bring internet broadband technology to rural regions.

The two candidates staked out similar positions on the proposed Constitution Pipeline, which would funnel natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to two existing pipelines in the town of Wright in Schoharie County. Both said they wary of the potential eminent domain powers the project planners would acquire if the pipelien wins approval from federal regulators.

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