Congressional candidate from Canton: ‘It’s polluters versus New York and Stefanik has taken the wrong side’
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 5:55 am

CANTON -- 21st Congressional District candidate and Canton resident Tedra Cobb challenged Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s blast email to the district concerning the environment, claiming the “people deserve authenticity and we’re not getting it from Elise Stefanik.”

“Elise Stefanik votes with big coal and oil companies, so to email people in North Country claiming to be a friend to the environment is disingenuous at best,” Cobb said in an email.

“Elise Stefanik has made too many mistakes too soon in her tenure,” Cobb said. “She has voted to strip away environmental protection rules. While her blast email claims she has introduced legislation to help the environment, one bill calls for the creation of a new postage stamp and the other is a non-binding bill that merely expresses ‘the commitment of Congress,’ neither has become law. On the other hand, her votes against the environment and in favor of big coal and oil interests have become the law of the land.”

“Protecting clean air and water is also about economic development in New York, Cobb said. Hunting, fishing, skiing, eco-tourism and farming are job creators in our part of New York. Congresswoman Stefanik is voting against the businesses and families who rely on that economic activity.”

Cobb has joined a field of Democrats vying to challenge North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik in November 2018 for her seat in Congress.

Three other North Country Democrats also plan to run for the 21st Congressional seat. Patrick Nelson of Stillwater and Katie Wilson of Keene have also announced they will be running for the seat. The most recent Democratic entrant into the race is Saranac Lake economic developer Emily Martz. And Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello of Glens Falls has said he will make a third try at the seat.

If Cobb succeeds, she will be the first person from St. Lawrence County to represent the North Country in Congress since David Martin did from 1981 to 1992.

Cobb is a former St. Lawrence County legislator and is president of Tedra L. Cobb and Associates.