News 12 sits down with Orange County executive candidates

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News 12 sat down with both candidates in the race for Orange County executive Tuesday to discuss issues facing the county.

The race pits incumbent Republican Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus against Democrat and West Point graduate Pat Davis.

Neuhaus says that when he first took office in 2014, the county was in financial free fall. Now he says the bond rating has been stabilized and the fund balance has doubled. He says Norwegian Airlines is a big deal, with 7,000 people coming into the airport just from that airline.

Davis, who works in the financial industry in Manhattan, says there's room for improvement.

"We're bending over backwards to major companies, big business coming in. We're selling ourselves short,” he says.

Davis cites concerns about tax incentives being offered to Legoland in Goshen. Neuhaus disagrees, saying the county is being competitive.

Both agreed that Kiryas Joel should split from Monroe.

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