State Sen. David Valesky runs unnopposed for District 53 seat

— We were able to close a two-year, $10 billion deficit with no new taxes or fees. We passed legislation to overhaul the tax system, ensuring that middle class families are paying the lowest rate in half a century. We passed a property tax cap that is helping to alleviate the tax burden on working families. And we are working together to make government more efficient, effective and transparent.

All of those things I believe are a result of a willingness to work together to achieve a common goal in the interests of the people of New York State, and I have been proud to be part of it.

How will you carry those accomplishments forward, and what do you hope to achieve in your next term?

I hope to continue working with the governor and my colleagues in the same vein. Our priorities next session have to be enacting mandate relief for our municipalities and schools, addressing the inequities of the school aid formula, and doing what we can to make New York more business-friendly.

You enter this election unopposed. To what do you attribute this?

All I can say is that I have worked hard on issues that matter in the district, focused heavily on providing excellent constituent service, and tried to do what is right as a state senator, and I will continue to serve by this standard.

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