The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of New York State and asked of all candidates for this office.
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1. If elected, what are your qualifications to serve as Governor should you be called upon to do so during your term as Lt. Governor?*
Answer from David A. Paterson:
Eliot Spitzer and I want to restore hope to New York. I'm running because the lessons I learned from my family, my hometown in Harlem and from working in Albany compelled me to try to address New York's critical problems. Together, we want to bring promise back to the state.
Answer from Ben O'Shaughnessy:
My organization, the Young Socialists, participates in struggles from union battles to protests against the imperialist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We explain that the Cuban Revolution shows what workers and farmers in this country can do by taking political power and joining the worldwide struggle for socialism.
Answer from Alison Duncan:
My background is in economics and health care. My leadership positions include organization director, board member, and union delegate. As governor, I would use my leadership skills to enact universal health care, criminal justice reform, equal rights for LGBT, an end to the death penalty, and a renewable energy policy.
Answer from C. Scott Vanderhoef:
I have worked in the New York State Governor's Office, and then served as a business executive, and for the past nearly thirteen years as the Executive of a large county government. I am thoroughly familiar with governmental challenges confronting our state and it's diverse communities.
Answer from Donald Silberger:
I am a Ph.D. in mathematics with 50 years' teaching experience, forty eight of which are above the secondary level; I have directed 14 masters theses, and published about three dozen (mainly research) papers in my field. I am director of the M.A. in Math Program at SUNY-NP.
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