MALONE, N.Y. -- Jobs and the economy.
The two issues go hand in hand, and they're issues that Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf said are critical in the 21st Congressional District race.
"We need to rebuild our economy, we need to keep our young people here, and we need to think outside the box in order to do that," Woolf said.
On Monday, Woolf met with Malone business leaders to hear and discuss ideas on ways to fix the economy, particularly Main Streets across the district. Woolf said bringing business and people back to local towns can be done with infrastructure improvements such as upgraded railroads and highway development.
"I think Americans are great problem solvers," he said. "Whether its wildlife crossovers or using connectivity and infrastructure to augment our Main Streets and not take away from them, I'm convinced that we can solve those problems."
Problems that Woolf says if solved can keep and bring young people to local towns. But in a widely rural district -- economic issues are felt beyond the many Main Streets. Woolf believes farmers throughout the district can also benefit from enhanced infrastructure.
"We need to streamline the process to get our local food into our schools, to get our local food into our prisons, to get our local food into our institutions, and to provide the infrastructure to make that happen," Woolf said.
Infrastructure that Woolf hopes can provide economic solutions both now and down the road.
Woolf is being challenged for the 21st Congressional seat by Republican Elise Stefanik and Green Party candidate Matt Funicello.