In this episode, we talk with Scott Comegys of Palmyra, running on the Democratic and Working Families lines for the 130th District Assembly seat currently held by Brian Manktelow.
He told us the Working Families Party believes in providing basic needs for middle-class people. Comegys is an alpaca farmer who supports the farm overtime bill that will reduce the threshold for overtime from 60 to 40 hours over a period of time. He says state government should provide incentives to small family farmers to grow and thrive.
He says alternative energy is the next step in economic development, whether or not one believes in climate change, particularly at a time when political volatility has led to record-high fuel prices.
On gun control, Comegys supports the second amendment but says appropriate regulations can make sure that only those who have demonstrated responsibility have access to guns, likening gun regulation to driver’s licenses. He says New York has the gun laws it needs but should enforce them better and that the state needs to address the underlying issues behind gun violence.
He told us he believes in single-payer health care and increased access to care for rural residents like those in the 130th District. We also talked about coming up with an educational plan in the event of any future pandemic, citing the problems with the remote learning approach taken during COVID-19.