It's a tight race for the 19th Congressional district seat. The newly drawn area includes 11 counties, including parts of the Catskills, Hudson Valley, and Capital Region. In the last month, Democrat Julian Schreibman has closed the gap with his opponent Republican Congressman Chris Gibson. Last week's Siena Poll has Gibson leading by just five percentage points, down from 16 points. Our Megan Cruz has what you need to know before you head to the polls.
NEW YORK -- "Congress is broken, and our Congressman Chris Gibson is part of the problem," said Julian Schreibman in one of his campaign ads.
"Julian Schreibman - more waste, high unemployment," narrated a Chris Gibson ad.
That's how the war's been waged over the newly drawn 19th Congressional district. Republican Congressman Chris Gibson says his opponent's negative ads prove he's not the man for the job.
"I think the choice is clear here," he said. "People are seeing somebody who is focused on serving them and someone else who's deceiving them in their campaign."
Another Schreibman ad serves as an example. It said, "Chris Gibson voted to criminalize abortion even in the case of rape and incest."
"This is completely untrue," said Gibson. "I'm not even for overturning Roe v. Wade. Abortion is a private choice between a woman and her doctor."
Congressman Gibson currently represents the 20th district, parts of which will be included in the new 19th district. His opponent, attorney and Kingston native Julian Schreibman says this new district is ready for a completely new leader.
"The Congressman has been in Washington and he's been making his priorities ending the guarantee of Medicare, defunding Planned Parenthood and restricting a woman's right to choose," he said.
Schreibman says his criticism stems from Gibson's vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Schreibman's focus - "Ensuring that we get tax relief for small businesses so that they can add workers, ensure their relief from regulations that burden them, ensure that we continue to support Pell grants and student loans," he said.
Gibson, a Kinderhook native and retired U.S. Army colonel says his record highlights his real priorities.
"Helping small businesses grow, including our farmers," he said. "I'm on the agriculture committee and we have some very good provisions in this bill that we're going to get done this year, and it's been constituent-driven. Ideas that come right here from farmers in the Hudson River Valley."
Their final plea for votes?
"I'm the only candidate in this race with a proven record to grow the economy and move back to a balanced budget over time, and also, to bring people together," said Gibson.
"Because I'll be a voice for middle class families and our small businesses and our schools here in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Our voices are not being heard in Washington and I'm committed to making sure they are," said Schreibman.
The choice is yours on Election Day.