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Just a day after Orange County Executive Ed Diana delivered his last budget address of his career, the candidates looking to replace Diana took part in a forum at Middletown High School. Jessica Chen has more.
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- It was a relatively calm debate with the two candidates going back in forth in a number of issues. Some of the topics discussed were economic development, agriculture, infrastructure and, of course, the controversial government center and Valley View nursing home.
Wednesday night's Orange County Executive candidate debate kicked off with one of the most hotly contested issues: The Orange County government center. The building was damaged by Irene two years ago.
"To pour concrete down and start new would cost millions of dollars more than the restoration," candidate Roxanne Donnery said.
With republican candidate Roxanne Donnery supporting renovation, democratic candidate Steve Neuhaus said he's flexible either way.
Neuhaus said, "My platform as county executive is to make a decision and have construction within the first six months."
And with the Valley View nursing home, Donnery says she doesn't agree with the four month funding proposal by County Executive Ed Diana.
Donnery said, "That should be funded for a full year when you take dollars and you only fund something for a part of year, then you're going to have us to go back into court again and spend more money more nonsense."
But Neuhaus says how it's being funded is the problem.
"Introducing legislation in Albany, pushing the state to give dollar for dollar for county run facility, because right now, they're set up to fail," Neuhaus said.
Among other issues discussed were economic development, health care and education.