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Bisso will challenge Duprey again for assembly seat


A Plattsburgh teacher who challenged 115th District Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey in 2012 announced Wednesday she will again take on the four-term incumbent in a Republican Party primary.

Karen M. Bisso cited several issues facing New York as factors in her decision to run again, while avoiding any criticism of Duprey.

She blasted the Cuomo administration’s decision to close the Chateaugay Correctional Facility “while tens of millions of dollars have been thrown at stimulus programs that have yet to show any provable results and inmates and illegal aliens are offered a free college education.”

She also criticized the implementation of the Common Core education standards, calling the nationwide curriculum standards a “travesty” and declaring “the Common Core will be the final nail in the coffin which began with the nationalization of our education system.”

Ms. Bisso, an outspoken gun-rights advocate, also ripped into the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, commonly known as the SAFE Act.

“Within the last year, this state has continued to demonstrate its over-reaching arm into the lives of honest, hardworking tax paying New Yorkers by passing in the middle of the night and without transparency the SAFE Act ... a law which makes law abiding citizens criminals and continues to portray New York as unfriendly,” she said.

In 2012, Ms. Bisso ran second to Ms. Duprey in a three-way Republican Party primary, although she defeated the incumbent in the four St. Lawrence County towns - Brasher, Lawrence, Hopkinton and Piercefield - included in the 115th District. She ran second to Ms. Duprey in Clinton County, the home county of all three candidates, losing by 239 votes, but was soundly defeated by Ms. Duprey in Franklin County, where the incumbent enjoyed a nearly 3-1 victory.

At the time, Ms. Bisso noted that the combined votes cast for her and the third candidate, David J. Kimmel of Cadyville, were more than Duprey’s vote total.

Ms. Bisso continued into the general election as the candidate of the Conservative Party, finishing third behind Duprey and Democrat Timothy R. Carpenter.

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