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Sequester rankles NY Dems, GOP Congressman responds

Rep. Chris Gibson
..:: WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas ::..
Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20) speaks to reporters in Saratoga County [October 24, 2011]

New York Democrats are calling on their Republican colleagues in Congress to work with the president to find a solution to the budget cuts that took effect last Friday.

Capital District-area Congressman Paul Tonko  was joined by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, the state party co-chair, on a conference call today to discuss the effects of sequestration.  Mayor Miner says that the sequester is hitting Syracuse hard.  Tonko labeled sequestration as "mindless.” He says he been against the process from the beginning.

Mayor Miner and Congressman Tonko are calling on Congressional Republicans, like Chris Gibson of the neighboring 19th district, to end the political brinksmanship and work with President Obama and Democrats on a balanced approach to America's debt and deficit and put the interests of the economy and middle class families ahead of tax breaks for the rich.  Congressman Gibson  accused Tonko of "electioneering" - Gibson stressed "the election is over," and he says it's time to work on solutions that grow the economy and restore a balanced budget over time.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.