Updated 03/21/2012 09:08 AM
Race for 103rd Assembly District too close to call
The race to fill Marc Molinaro's Assembly seat is too close to call following Tuesday's special election. But absentee ballots still have to be counted. Democrats say they're confident the official results will keep them on top. Our John Wagner has the details.
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DUTCHESS COUNTY -- As of Tuesday night, just 139 votes separate the candidates in the special election for the 103rd assembly district seat.
Democrat Didi Barrett is leading Republican Rich Wager, but there are still more than 1,000 absentee ballots left to count. Democratic officials are confident the results will hold up.
The two are looking to take over Dutchess County executive Marc Molinaro's old seat. The 103rd district runs from East Fishkill in Dutchess County all the way up to Canaan in Columbia County.
Wager worked for Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg specializing in economic development before transitioning into the public sector as an investment consultant.
"What I think I bring to this that my opponent doesn't, is really the combination of private and public sector experience. I've worked for years in the private sector, many years for Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg, I've done a lot of economic development work, job creation," said Wager.
While both candidates agree on job creation and economic development as their top priorities, they disagree on how to boost their local economies including hydrofracking, minimum wage, and pension reform.
Democrat Didi Barrett said she's ready to work with Cuomo to take on the issues facing the district. Barrett is a community activist and a longtime leader in not-for-profit organizations in the Hudson Valley.
"It's important that we have more women in albany and I'm ready to hit the ground running. I know our communities, I know our towns and our villages. I spend time in them all the time. I will be a fulltime legislator and I'm ready to start right away. So please if you haven't voted yet, get out and vote," said Barrett.
The winner will serve until the end of this year and will face a re-election campaign for a two year extension in November.