144th Assembly District Candidates Debate

October 27, 2010 Updated Oct 28, 2010 at 7:59 AM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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October 27, 2010 Updated Oct 28, 2010 at 7:59 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- It was an hour and a half of debating among the three candidates for the 144th Assembly seat, which was held in Allen Hall on the University at Buffalo's south campus Wednesday evening. "We talked about reform, responsible budgeting, independence," Assemblyman Sam Hoyt said after the debate.

Republican candidate Brian Biggie, Joe Golombek on the conservative line, and incumbent democrat Sam Hoyt answered questions regarding the issues facing New Yorkers. "Are we going to keep sending the same people back expecting something different?" Brian Biggie asked. "I think it's definitely time for a change, a fresh face, fresh ideas, and someone who is going to stick up for us."

Another topic was how the governor's race will impact the assembly race and that supporters of gubernatorial republican candidate Carl Paladino may greatly affect things. "I think the local presence of having a local guy run for governor is a game changer... he has raised awareness and it's going to drive turnout come election day," Biggie said.

"I'm not worried about that," Hoyt said. "I have a very strong base of supporters that recognize the work that I've done on their behalf."

The write-in candidate Clarence Carnahan also had a chance to speak at the debate.