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Candidates for New York senate seat answer questions on the Innovation economy

Candidates for New York senate seat answer questions on the Innovation economy

As part of ongoing coverage of the 2012 General Election on November 6th, Innovation Trail has approached all of the candidates for the Class 1 New York Senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand (D).*

Each of the candidates was asked via email, to answer five questions informed by the brief of the Innovation Trail reporting project, and its focus on the upstate New York Innovation economy.

The questions were:

1. The NY Manufacturing Sector

Indicators collected in the Empire State Manufacturing Survey for September 2012 showed that the manufacturing sector in New York was at its lowest level since November 2010. The national trend for the same period showed expansion in 13 other U.S. states.

Q: What is holding the manufacturing sector back in New York state and what specifically needs to happen in upstate to reverse this trend?

2. Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credits

The Federal Production Tax Credits (PTCs) for renewable wind energy are set to expire at the end of 2012, with other renewable categories (solar etc.) expiring in 2013.

Q: Do you believe that credits and other subsidies to the renewable energy sector (including in New York) should continue?, and if so, for how long?

3. Innovation Economy

The term “Innovation” is often used in discussing the economy of upstate New York.

Q: What do you believe are the cornerstones of a truly innovative economy in the region?

4. Small Business

Small businesses are viewed as a critical part of a thriving economy.

Q: Could you please outline your position on strategies for supporting small business growth in New York state?

5. Wage Gap

Analysis of 2011 U.S. Census/U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed little growth in middle-skill jobs upstate, and a widening gap in the wage levels of those paid the most and those paid the least.

Q: Do you believe this trend is a concern and how should it be addressed?

The candidates for the Class 1 New York senate position are:

Kirsten Gillibrand (D)

Wendy Long (R)

Colia Clark (Green)

Chris Edes (Libertarian)

Dan Fein (SWP)+

Michael Craft (Independent)+

John Mangelli (Independent)

Scott Noren (Independent)

Tim Sweet (Independent)+

+ So, Innovation Trail has been unable to make contact with these candidates. We would welcome contact from them.