In three successive press conferences on Monday, Republican congressional candidate Randy Altschuler plans to roll out his jobs plan, starting with a 9 a.m. conference in Southampton — the hometown of Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop.
The kick-off will be at the 819 County Road 39 shopping center, with East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi and members of the Southampton Business Alliance, according to a statement from the Altschuler campaign.
"The 10-point plan addresses the economy and how to bring business and jobs back to Long Island and the First Congressional District," said Diana Weir, Altschuler's campaign manager. "It's a comprehensive solution-based program."
“Long Island’s economy has suffered terribly under the failed policies of Barack Obama and Tim Bishop,” Altschuler, of St. James, is quoted as saying in a campaign statement. “I look forward to running on my experience as a self-made businessman who built two American companies from the ground up and created thousands of jobs, and as a candidate willing to propose real solutions that will boost small businesses and grow Long Island’s economy.”
Bishop spokesman Oliver Longwell said Friday that it is Republican policies that threaten Long Island jobs. He said Altschuler endorses the Paul Ryan budget, "which the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute projected would result in roughly 4.1 million jobs lost through 2014."
"Randy Altschuler has shown at every turn that he cares only about bolstering outrageous corporate profits at the expense of American workers," Longwell said.
He noted that Bishop supported the payroll tax cut, which he said kept thousands of dollars in Long Island working families' pockets, and that Bishop introduced the MAP-21 Transportation bill in the House. "[T]hat would put millions of construction workers back on the job rebuilding our aging infrastructure," he said.
After the Southampton conference Monday, Altschuler will head to Shirley next for a 10:45 a.m. conference at Calabro Airport, joined by NAASCO owner John Leslie, Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine and Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico. The final event will be at 4 p.m. at Epcal in Calverton, with Sky Dive Long Island owner Ray Maynard, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter and town council members.