Mt. Sinai resident Deborah McKee has announced she will again challenge New York State Assemb. Steve Englebright, D-Setauket, on the Republican line to serve in the state assembly, according to a report published Thursday in The Village Times Herald.
According to the report, McKee said she feels Englebright has not done enough to help small business owners and said she feels the economy is worse off than it was in 2010. She said she supports "whatever we can do in the way of incentives to make them stronger and more viable."
Meanwhile, Englebright told The Village Times Herald that his track record shows he supports small businesses, pointing to his support for the rollback of the MTA payroll tax for businesses with annual payrolls of less than $250,000. He said he has observed "a general increase in business vitality among small businesses" and noted there is still a long way to go to recovery.
The two also differed in opinions on how best to save residents money on energy costs, with Englebright focusing on renewable energy sources and McKee indicating she would work to negotiate cheaper electricity rates with LIPA. Additionally, Englebright opposes hydrofracking, while McKee said she isn't specifically opposed to it and might support it if it brought jobs to the area.
Englebright is seeking an 11th term representing the Fourth Assembly District. In 2010, he won the race with about .
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