19th Congressional District candidate talks economy

HUDSON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Voters across the state will head to the polls on Tuesday for the Congressional primary.

One candidate who is trying to take over Chris Gibson’s House of Representatives seat is Republican John Faso.

“The most important thing we can do is get the economy moving again,” he said.

The one time assembly minority leader said the struggling economy is causing many people to leave the district which includes Columbia County, Greene County and most of Rensselaer County. He also said it’s time to change the state’s Medicaid funding rules.

“We’re one of the only states in the country that requires county taxpayers to pay for the Medicaid program,” he said. “We can change that by amending federal law that says states can no longer impose a share of the Medicaid program on county property taxpayers.”

Polls open on Tuesday from noon to 9 p.m.

Faso is running against Republican Andrew Heaney in the primary. On the democratic side, Zephyr Teachout is facing Will Yankik.

The winners move on to the November general election.

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