Quinn, Kennedy Face off in Debate for 58th Senate District

October 19, 2010 Updated Oct 19, 2010 at 8:26 AM EDT

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October 19, 2010 Updated Oct 19, 2010 at 8:26 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The two contestants for the 58th District State Senate seat appeared before a large crowd at West Seneca East High School Monday night.

State Assemblyman Jack Quinn and Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy answered questions prepared by individual students and government studies classes.

The candidates covered a wide range of topics, from the construction of a new Peace Bridge to funding for education. The two tackled the recent defeat of the SUNY autonomy bill and term limits in government. It was the topic of spending and the state deficit, however, that captured the most attention during Monday's debate.

"There is no way to make cuts if you are not going to cut health care and education. It is not possible. You can talk about two million here and three hundred there. We have an eight billion dollar deficit next year," said Quinn.

"Spending cuts are essential in New York State, but the fact of the matter is we have a legislature that is unwilling to do so," said Kennedy.

The for the seat held by long time Democrat William Stachowski will be decided November 2.