WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – Voters in Assembly District 93 will have a choice on Nov. 6 between the incumbent Democrat Assemblyman David Buchwald and Republican John Nuculovic.

Buchwald was elected to the Assembly in 2012. He and his wife, Lara, have two children and live in White Plains.

Nuculovic is a former Army officer, captain and military police and also a former New York City correction officer. He is the father of two children and lives in Bedford Hills.

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The Katonah-Lewisboro Times reached out to each candidate to get their take on the most pressing issues facing Westchester County and their plans if elected.

Here’s what they said:

David Buchwald

What issues are at the forefront for Westchester County right now?

I am focused on decreasing the tax burden for residents, such as voting to create the lowest middle-class tax rates for New Yorkers in the last 60 years, and working to effectively restore full state and local tax deductions on federal income tax returns.

Education is also a priority and I have successfully advocated for record increases in state education aid. During my tenure, that’s resulted in a 39 percent increase in aid to the Katonah-Lewisboro School District and a 48 percent increase to the North Salem Central School District (not including building aid, which fluctuates each year).

Also uniting our area is the need to strengthen our infrastructure. That includes our state roads and Metro-North, but also, this year especially, it’s meant conveying to our electric utilities, including NYSEG, that their responses to storms have been woefully inadequate.

What are some challenges you face in the Assembly getting legislation passed?

Though Albany is not without its frustrations, I feel I am able to make a difference in the State Assembly. For a body of 150 members representing different districts, the Assembly seeks to take up many pressing issues that New Yorkers support. Conversely, the Republican leadership in the State Senate is all too willing to ensure that common sense legislation does not see the light of day. I am the lead sponsor of nine bipartisan bills that passed the Assembly unanimously (one with a single “no” vote), but that don’t get taken up on the floor of the State Senate. Topics like helping school districts plan their budgets, improving election procedures, and updating our state’s Freedom of Information Law languish as a result of Senate inaction. It is part of a broader pattern that inhibits progress on a series of issues, like gun safety, women’s rights and the environment.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

I have had the honor of representing northeastern Westchester in the State Assembly since 2013. During that time, I have tried to lead an open, responsive office that advocates for individual constituents and families in my district, and works to make New York State government better.

Some of my proudest legislative achievements as an Assemblyman include authoring and successfully enacting the constitutional amendment allowing the forfeiture of corrupt public officials’ taxpayer-funded pensions, having a 100 percent environmental voting record and securing millions of dollars in state funding for our local school districts.

I am running for re-election to the New York State Assembly to continue to represent the values of my Westchester constituents and stand up for the communities in my district.

John Nuculovic

What issues are at the forefront for Westchester County right now?

Taxes, schools and jobs. Westchester is perhaps one of the most expensive places to live in New York State. The New York State income tax rate is obscene for any working person in this county.

We need to adjust the way unfunded mandates are handled. Our schools are the reason why many make the move to Westchester. We need to make sure we restore foundation aid and support parents who want to opt out their children from state testing. As the father of elementary school children, I see the anxiety all these tests are causing children and the new methodology of teaching has left parents unable to help with even elementary math homework. We need to support our educators and our schools and stop hijacking money from Westchester schools that we rightfully deserve. I want comprehensive industrial development agency reform. The current corporate welfare system doesn’t help working families. We need stronger claw back provisions, guarantees on local hiring of all subsidized construction projects, and better planning and oversite of where all the money is going instead of lining the pockets of the governor’s friends as seen in the recent Percoco scandal.

What are some challenges you see in the Assembly getting legislation passed?

The Assembly has a Democratic supermajority. If elected, I plan to work like the former assemblyman, the great Robert Castelli, and reach across the aisle for better representation of Westchester values in Albany. We need to work, not fight over who has what letter next to their name.

Why are you the best candidate for the position?

I want to use my experience in the military, as a professor and as an asset manager to track every dollar in the New York state budget. We need better accountability in Albany, we need less political posturing, and we need to stop the corruption cycle that’s permeating Albany with pay for play, corrupt land deals and an overemphasis on limiting New Yorkers’ individual liberties.