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NY primary for federal offices is Tuesday

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Matt Doheny Matt Doheny
Kellie Greene Kellie Greene

A familiar face is giving it a second shot to represent the North Country in Congress. Matt Doheny defeated Doug Hoffman in the primary in 2010, but narrowly lost in the general election to incumbent Democrat Bill Owens. He and Doug Hoffman split critical votes.

"I got beat by 1,900 votes and a fellow Republican took over 11,000 on the Conservative line," Doheny said.

The investment banker from Watertown has a different opponent in the primary this time. Kellie Greene is an international business consultant from Sacketts Harbor.

"I'm the Main Street kind of girl and he is the Wall Street type of guy and the Washington insider," Greene said.

Doheny's main focuses are job creation, reducing taxes, spending cuts and fewer regulations for businesses.

"I'm a business guy that would go in, invest and help turn around troubled companies, companies that are beat up and bankrupt where things have gone wrong, and say look what type of opportunities do you need to run things around, whether it is too much debt or operational inefficient those situations help me understand what drives businesses," Doheny said.

Greene holds a similar position on the economy. She is also focused on rural health care.

"We have a big lack of nursing homes and that in-between stage; assisted living. So I would work hard to attract more of those private entities up here, entities that accept things like Medicare and Medicaid," Greene said.

Doheny views Plattsburgh as a suburb of Montreal and supports free trade and the flow of goods across the border to help re-energize the North Country economy. For the first time, the Adirondack Park will be represented by one Congressman and Doheny will focus on technological advances in the park.

"To make sure we have the basic infrastructure for the 21st century; cellphone coverage, broadband here, that would allow small businesses to start to flourish and spring up," he said.

Greene, too, is focused on telecommunication infrastructure. She is also interested in upgrading current infrastructure, not spending billions on new roads that take decades to build. However, building a bridge between Burlington and Plattsburgh is a priority.

"When we already have this infrastructure, we need to be utilizing it. We also need to be investing in our rail infrastructure. We haven't been doing that in our country in a long time and in the North Country we don't just need roads, we need manufacturing companies that have easy access," Greene said.

Going into the primary Doheny has rallied a lot of support. He has picked up nearly every endorsement from Republican, Conservatives and Independents, hoping to eliminate the spoiler factor this time.

"Voters will have a clear choice-- somebody who has the backing of the Republican, Independent and Conservative lines and a clear choice against our current Congressman, a Democrat," Doheny said.

"I don't think the Party should be meddling in the primary. This endorsement game just really taints the process," Greene said.

To vote in Tuesday's congressional primary in New York you must be a registered Republican. The polls are open from 12-9 p.m.

There is also a three-way race for U.S. Senate. The winner will challenge Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand in November.

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