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Doheny attends Jefferson County board meeting, backs law restricting use of seal


WATERTOWN — Republican congressional candidate Matthew A. Doheny said he attended the Jefferson County Board of Legislators meeting Tuesday night to support a local law protecting the county seal from being used on correspondence regarding the controversial New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013.

Referring to the county clerk, Mr. Doheny said, “I’m here certainly to support the efforts of my friend Gizelle Meeks and the unanimous decision of county legislators to not allow the unconstitutional legislation known as the SAFE Act to be placed under the seal of Jefferson County, where I live.”

Mr. Doheny also said his visit was related to his campaign and his effort to understand issues throughout the 21st Congressional District.

He declined to answer a question about the workers’ compensation hearing for Alicia E. Sirk, a former staffer who worked on his 2012 campaign and is seeking benefits from the campaign for injuries she said she suffered in a car accident that occurred while she was traveling to a campaign event. Mrs. Sirk has a hearing today with the state Workers’ Compensation Board in Schenectady.

Mr. Doheny’s campaign has been aggressive in attacking the position of his primary opponent, Elise M. Stefanik, who refuses to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge created by the group Americans for Tax Reform.

Ms. Stefanik wrote on her campaign’s Facebook page that instead of signing the pledge, she would pledge directly to voters not to raise taxes if elected.

Mr. Doheny said his signature on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge was evidence of his commitment not to raise taxes. “I’m being very clear; I’m the only candidate in the race that pledges not to raise taxes,” he said.

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