Albany power struggle topic of discussion at Lobsterfest

NORWICH – The Chenango County Republican Party held its annual fund raiser on Sunday, and one question seemed to be on the minds of the more than 400 people in attendance: The power struggle in Albany and what it will mean for Chenango County.

Several state and local politicians attended Sunday’s event, and each had something to say about the recent stalemate in Albany and what upstate residents should expect.

Senator Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton) said the situation in Albany is about fighting against high taxes and resources going to New York City. “We’ve been able to make some reforms and that has been huge,” Libous said. He explained the reforms have leveled the playing field for all 62 senators, allowing minority senators to be able to introduce legislation to receive resources.

In addition, Libous said he would continue to fight against high tax increases for his constituents in Chenango County and all of upstate New York. “I’m as fired up as I’ve ever been. Sometimes you have to stand up for what’s right; lower taxes and less spending.”

In addition, Libous said locally he is still trying to get a response from the health commissioner about the future of the old Veterans’ Home in Oxford. “We want answers,” he said. “It’s a beautiful facility, and it could be used for a number of productive things.” Libous said he sent a letter to the health commissioner on June 12 and still has received no response.

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