Bouckville farmer eyes Assembly bid
By Rome Sentinel | October 25, 2019 4:00 PM
Corey Mosher, a Bouckville farmer and chairman of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, announced he is exploring running for the 121st District seat in the New York Assembly.
The district includes all of Madison County, Sherrill, Vernon, Augusta, Marshall, Sangerfield, Bridgewater, and most of Otsego County. The district is represented by John Salka, a Republican who defeated Democrat Bill Magee, who had been in office 28 years, in 2018.
A Democrat, Mosher is a partner in Mosher Farms, a vegetable and fruit farm in Bouckville. He is a board member of the New York State Vegetable Growers’ Association and a member of the National Barley Improvement Committee, according to the announcement released Sunday.
Mosher attended Indiana University, and he is a graduate of the Cornell Agricultural LEAD program, according to campaign manager Jonathan Gerstein.
Gerstein said in an email that Mosher “is exploring a run for the time being because we want to focus on the 2019 Elections first and foremost, and help win down-ballot elections. We also want to give voice to the people of the 121st District as we explore this run to understand the issues that matter most to them before we decide what this race should be all about.”
In the announcement, Mosher cited several issues, including a low rate of broadband internet access in rural areas, inaccessible and unaffordable health care, underfunded upstate public schools, inadequate and out-of-reach child care, lack of affordable long-term care for the elderly, and struggling family farms and upstate businesses.
The announcement quoted Salka as saying, “I’m not going to pass any landmark legislation …”
“Unlike Salka, I cannot and will not accept the status quo. Our district needs a representative with the political will and courage to tackle the biggest issues we face. … Through my various leadership roles in the agricultural community, I’ve been advocating for the countless family farmers in the 121st District and across the state that are struggling to keep our farms afloat. There is no such thing as a strong upstate economy without a strong farm economy. The lack of access to broadband and poor infrastructure stands in the way of economic success for both our businesses and farms.”
Salka confirmed to the Daily Sentinel he plans to run again and took exception to the quote, which he said did not include the entire statement and context from a town hall-style meeting this past summer.
“I just would hope that in the future they put down the entire quote, which was most freshman legislators of either party usually don’t pass landmark legislation,” Salka said. He said he passed four bills in the past legislative session, including one that supported 911 services in Madison County.
“I plan on running again next year, and my focus right now is on serving my constituents throughout the district, and that’s where I’m focusing all my energies right now,” Salka said. “There’s an election but it’s better than a year off, and my energies, like I said, are focused on taking care of the needs of the people in the 121st district.”
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