MALTA, N.Y. -- Things got heated at times during the debate between 43rd District Republican Senator Roy McDonald and his Democratic challenger Joanne Yepsen. The forum gave candidates a chance to talk about a variety of issues, from how to fix the perceived dysfunction in Albany to telling voters about their greatest achievement as elected officials.
When talking about the Farmers' Bill of Rights, both candidates asked for extra time. But they discussed other issues during that time. The candidates say they appreciate the chance to answer to the voters.
"I've been all over the 43rd Senate District and people are talking about how embarrassed they are to live in New York state," Yepsen said. "The status quo isn't working. We need to make some changes here and I expect to be the next senator and make some changes on November 2, with the voters' help."
"I want to thank (the voters)," McDonald said. "And simply put, it's been an honor and I'm looking forward to working for them if they give me that honor. I'm going work real hard for them."
Yepsen's main point of the night called for full disclosure by members of the legislature for outside jobs and time spent at the Capitol.
McDonald emphasized he did not vote for the last two state budgets, which he says, adversely affected his constituents.