Poughkeepsie, New York — New York State Senate candidate Karen Smythe’s campaign issued the following statement on her victory in this morning’s debate hosted by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Today, Karen Smythe proved why she is the best candidate to create good local jobs and improve the local economy in Dutchess and Putnam counties. While her opponent repeated old talking points and unkept promises, Smythe offered a fresh vision for local businesses and hard working people. Smythe, who has spent years running a successful business in Dutchess County that has created hundreds of union jobs, proved to have a real understanding about the issues facing the business community. As State Senator, Karen Smythe will reduce the cost of living and doing business, create new opportunities for working families and move the Hudson Valley’s economy forward.”