With Election Day quickly approaching the two candidates running to replace the current Mayor of Saratoga Springs Scott Johnson, met in the Spa City for their second debate. YNN's Matt Hunter has more.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -For one hour Thursday night, Democrat Joanne Yepsen and Republican Shauna Sutton debated the issues that will challenge Saratoga Springs' next Mayor. Many of the topics, like ensuring there's enough parking downtown or whether to build a third fire and EMS facility on the Eastern Plateau, have been topics at recent city council meetings.
"I think we should phase in a full-blown station on the eastern plateau when we can financially afford it," said Yepsen.
While Republican Candidate Sutton said, "We need to sit down now at the table and when I take office, if I'm fortunate enough to be elected, I will solve that."
Other issues, like the potential impact of a full-scale casino in the city, have drawn more statewide interest. Some downtown business owners have expressed concerns a casino in the Spa City could pull customers away from Broadway and other entertainment venues.
"I'm sure there can be situations worked out where we don't have to step on each other's toes," said Sutton.
"We need to take care of our own first before we bring in new money we'd have a very hard time competing with," said Yepsen while addressing the casino topic.
One of the debate's most heated moments came when Sutton criticized Yepsen for accepting endorsements from the local police union, one of seven labor unions the next Mayor will have to negotiate with next year.
Sutton says, "It's a conflict of interest, there's not a doubt in my mind."
Yepsen defended the criticism by saying, "I am nobody's puppet. I am not going to make decisions based on donations."
Yepsen has served on the County Board of Supervisors since 2006, while Sutton has been Mayor Scott Johnson's deputy for the past six years.