NY GOP's Lazio, Paladino Push Similar Platforms

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Republicans voting in Tuesday's primary will have their choice of two vastly different candidates with mostly similar platforms.

Former congressman and party designee Rick Lazio and tea party activist Carl Paladino, a political novice, each seek tax cuts, fewer state agencies and cuts in Medicaid benefits. Both say they would also take a whack at the perks and payrolls in the Legislature.

But Paladino would also push for changes requiring lengthy constitutional amendments to create term limits, and require 60 percent votes in the Legislature to raise taxes.

Lazio would make a hard review of every state agency in his first 100 days with an eye to cuts, require online public disclosure of spending, and eliminate pork-barrel spending.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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