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Brian Flynn says he's ready to fight for people in NY-19

June 25, 2018 06:04 PM

Tuesday's the day voters hit the polls for New York's federal primaries. The big one around here is the 19th Congressional District. Seven Democrats are vying for the party's support and the chance to run against incumbent Republican John Faso in the fall.

NewsChannel 13 has been profiling the candidates. We're now meeting Brian Flynn.

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The third-generation Greene County resident lives in the town of Hunter.

The self-described progressive and entrepreneur received his degree in business from Georgetown University in 1991.

In 1988, his brother was killed in the Lockerbie bombing and Flynn spent time in Washington, DC fighting for legislation to improve aviation security and to hold Libya accountable for the deaths.

"That perseverance and that dedication and that understanding gives me the skills that I need to go down there and fight for the people in this district," he explained.

Flynn says Democrats have forgotten about the middle-class worker, so high on his list of priorities includes increased job opportunities and wages -- including equal pay for women.

He sees opportunities in green energy and healthcare.

"The other thing we need to do is we need to fortify and support unions. You cannot have a thriving middle class without a strong labor movement and that is on us," he asserted.

He supports Medicare for all and securing Social Security.

"I believe we actually need to increase benefits for Social Security for our elder citizens," he noted.

Another focus is education. He wants public resources to support public schools and not alternatives.

"All this talk of vouchers and school choice would not only undermine the schools, but would also undermine our communities in rural areas and I don't think people like John Faso understand that," he said.

Polls are open on Tuesday, June 26, from noon to 9 p.m. NewsChannel 13 will have the results for you on WNYT.com and our newscasts.

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Jerry Gretzinger

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