Gibson-Murphy 3rd Debate
By Dave Lucas
Troy, New York – The last of three debates between Democratic Congressman Scott Murphy and his Republican Challenger, retired Army Colonel Chris Gibson was held in Troy last night. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there.
The 20th Congressional District stretches from Lake Placid to Poughkeepsie. Polls have shown the race between the candidates is close. Both Murphy and Gibson pride themselves on being hard-working and family-oriented - they tackled a wide variety of popular issues: the budget deficit and national debt; jobs; clean energy; Health Care Reform; acid rain in the Adirondacks, military "Rules of Engagement" as well as the US immigration system and the problem of illegal aliens.
Murphy and Gibson were asked about their views on The Hudson River Dredging Project. Murphy positioned himself as an intermediary inviting GE and the EPA to come together and agree on a plan while Gibson expressed concern over adherence to standards agreed on for the dredging process.
The audience paid close attention when the candidates explained their views on hydrofracking - the process where chemicals and water are used to break open shale and capture natural gas to serve our energy needs. Gibson called on the DEC to take the wheel of the investigation. Murphy raised concern about the use of chemicals during the fracking process.
The debate, the third and final one between the two, was hosted by Public Televsion station WMHT and the Albany Times Union and televised as a special live presentation of New York Now.