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Opinion

November 3, 2012

Spires is a breath of fresh air

Levi Spires, Republican candidate for the 121st Assembly District, seeks the seat held by incumbent Assemblyman Bill Magee. 

Spires’ candidacy gives us an opportunity to take advantage of the refreshing bipartisan atmosphere created in Albany by Gov. Cuomo. Alternatively, Mr. Magee’s 22 years have given him plenty of opportunity to have accomplished his legislative agenda.

In recent forums where Spires and Magee have debated, Mr. Spires appears to have been the more imaginative and energetic of the two. The Daily Star recently reported New York ranking 50th among the states in having a positive business climate. As a small startup businessman, Mr. Spires argues strongly for improved rural telecom, high-speed Internet, and cell phone structures - vital if our region is to attract similar startup businesses, and retain young people now exiting our region. Bills that would do just this languish in the Legislature with little evidence that Mr. Magee has taken an active approach in pushing such legislation.

Agriculture is both our state and region’s leading industry. Creating just one farm family creates 5.5 additional jobs.* A small-business man, Spires clearly understands the contemporary business environment and seems more willing to wrestle with new initiatives as to what might be done to change and improve central New York farming and allied business conditions.

Between 1999 and 2010, a staggering 94 percent of incumbents were returned to Albany. However, it is Mr. Spires’ refreshing vitality, different perspectives and possible solutions encouraging economic growth in our district that is now needed. His stance on issues and personal policy articles can be seen on his website. On Nov. 6, it is time to send Levi Spires to Albany as assemblyman for our 121st District.

Thomas Gergel

Oneonta

*Editor's note: This letter was chanegd at 11:20 a.m. Nov. 5 to correct the figure of 5.5 additional jobs. 

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