CORNING - About 70 people flocked to the United Steelworkers Local 1000 Monday to attend an open town hall meeting held by Democratic Congressional Nominee Tracy Mitrano.
Mitrano said she enjoyed answering questions during the open town meeting.
“I thought it was great. I love Steuben County. I love Corning,” Mitrano said. “Our headquarters is (in Corning). We feel very very good about the people in this county as we do the other counties in the 23rd district.”
Mitrano, D-Penn Yan, will face Tom Reed, R-Corning, a four-term congressman, in the Nov. 6, general election for New York's 23rd district. A handful of debates have been scheduled between Reed and Mitrano.
The first will be at Oct. 30, at Corning Community College and the second will be Nov. 1, in Olean.
“The key issues include healthcare, education, especially the interest rates on federally guaranteed school loans, infrastructure, that means making sure our areas can accommodate their extreme weather events, it means roads, it means transportation systems and it means getting internet out to rural areas,” Mitrano said.
Edward Mainzer, of Corning, asked Mitrano her thoughts on the tax police and the fact that the national debt quickly rising.
“I remember a time when that used to be a real concern for Republicans and Democrats,” Mainzer said. “Now I see congress voting for budgets and voting for tax cuts and talking about students loan debt which is outrageous. We’re seeing a future generation burdened with a debt load that's incredible.”
Mitrano said she feels strongly about every one of those issues.
“To give you a taste of why some people are so disappointed in Reed - he authored, he cheerleaded that tax plan,” Mitrano said. “Now the calculation is up to almost 2 trillion dollars of debt. I think this debt burden is a political ploy to do what extreme Republicans, including Reed have been on a path to do for some years. That’s to undermine our social programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP. I just don’t think we can sit back and let them do that.”