OSWEGO, NY – Joe DioGuardi, Conservative Party nominee and GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been touring the state to get his message out.
On Friday, he toured the Port of Oswego, discussing the need for more trade on Lake Ontario as well as through other New York ports.
His priorities are restoring fiscal responsibility (We have to balance the budget without borrowing, he said), reducing the national debt and reforming the tax system.
He praised the port for its role in being an economic leader in Oswego and the Central New York region.
“Globalization has made our world smaller than ever,” DioGuardi said.Â “The iPod alone is made up of parts manufactured by about 10 different countries. Certainly, domestic and international trade is essential to America’s recovery and it is essential for job creation as well. Whether goods are being moved across the Atlantic or across Lake Ontario, we need to be able to transport them with greater ease. That means reducing tariffs, pushing pending free trade agreements forward and pursuing additional free trade agreements that are not already in process.”
â€œOne of the major challenges we face in this state is infrastructure,â€ he said. â€œInfrastructure is connecting communities, connecting industries; it creates commerce, business and money.â€
Infrastructure is not just a road or a bridge, he said. Itâ€™s broadband, itâ€™s electric, itâ€™s many things, he added.
If you donâ€™t have a port thatâ€™s competing, you wonâ€™t have an economic center, he pointed out.
â€œThe state needs these economic centers so you have trade coming in and out, DioGuardi said.
He is traveling the state because he wants to be exposed directly to what the challenges are, he explained, adding, â€œThis is a listening and learning tour.â€
He said he has a good chance at unseating the incumbent because â€œyou cannot beat a Democrat unless you put together a Conservative and a Republican.â€
Among the things that make the state â€œunfriendly,â€ he said are the taxes, which are 70 percent higher than the national average.
Another is the fact that many people graduating from the State University of New York campuses leave the state to find employment, he noted.
â€œThis is an issue that has to be dealt with,â€ he said. â€œHow do we create incubators that will create manufacturing? We need to bring back manufacturing, we need to create jobs. There are so many buildings that are boarded up. We have infrastructure there that can be easily converted â€“ California did it, Silicon Valley, why canâ€™t New York?â€
The Port of Oswego is a very efficient operation that is looking to become more efficient, said.
Oswego is the first U.S. port-of-call and deepwater port on the Great Lakes. With nearly 120 vessels and more than a million tons of cargo moving through the port annually, the Port of Oswego is one of North America’s most productive ports.
It is also a leading international port, operating within 350 miles of more than 60 million people in the United States and Canada.
“The Port of Oswego has access to over half of the U.S. and Canadian populations,” said Jonathan Daniels, the port’s executive director. “We continue to work to provide the most cost-effective and efficient port operation for our numerous clients.
â€œWhat I see here is an important complex for trade,â€ DioGuardi told Daniels. â€œThis is a great benefit to this part of the state. But the state is not in good shape, and we have to look at the overall picture. We do see success stories, like the port. But they are successful in spite of the environment that exists.â€
New York State has many positives to get it back on the road to success, DioGuardi said, â€œBut somebody has to connect the dots. And, thatâ€™s not happening right now.â€
He favors term limits and a balanced budget amendment.
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