DANSVILLE — At last Saturday’s Town Hall meeting hosted by the North Dansville Democratic Committee, Barbara Baer, Democratic candidate for the 133rd New York State Assembly District was invited to, and showed up for some lively conversation.

"Discussion with the attendees included jobs, BOCES, the Safe Staffing Act, and how nursing homes have too few staff to take care of the patients. They talked about minimum wage, which one of my opponents is opposed to," reported Baer. "We talked about how the small farmers are suffering and we talked about the fact that many of our districts children leave to get better jobs even though they love the area." 

Baer was flanked by two empty chairs, placed to represent Assemblyman Joseph Errigo and Republican Conservative candidate Marjories Byrnes — both of whom were invited.

“I was wondering where my opponents have gone,” said Baer.

Additionally, Baer claimed both Errigo and Byrnes declined to attend the League of Women Voters (WLV) forums.

“As a result of their declination, I have been disinvited by the LWV. I would have liked to have spoken to voters about my positions.”

“In politics, this is called the Rose Garden Strategy, when candidates disappear into the Rose Garden,” continued Baer. “I think this Rose Garden smells smells nothing like roses. The voters are being deprived of hearing where the candidates stand. It’s the voters who suffer.”

The Byrnes campaign responded, pointing to several other public forums the candidate has participated in during the campaign.

"I’m afraid that Ms. Baer may have forgotten that on October 11th she and I participated in a public forum on WXXI, and on October 23rd we both participated in a forum at SUNY Geneseo," Byrnes said. "On Wednesday, October 24th, we participated in a healthcare forum at the Rochester Academy of Medicine and later that evening we were at a Springwater forum.

“In just the last month, our campaign has accepted invitations to four public forums, participated in dozens of events and knocked on more doors than any other candidate in this race. We’re confident that the voters have heard all that they need to hear about Barbara Baer’s plan to socialize our medicine and restrict our Second Amendment Rights. As for me, I will continue to make the case for my candidacy all the way up until the polls close on November 6.”