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U.S. Rep. Amory Houghton's Democratic opponent Friday blasted the Republican campaign tour which Houghton had dubbed the "I-86 Victory tour."

Caleb Rossiter held his own news conferences along Route 17, and said it's too soon to claim victory. He also said Houghton has a lot of "chutzpah."

"For 11 of his 12 years (in Congress), Congressman Houghton opposed federal funding to make Route 17 interstate quality," Rossiter said. "It was after an outcry from local officials that Mr. Houghton finally supported the highway upgrade."

Appearing with Rossiter at the intersection of Routes 17 and 60 were 150th District Assemblyman William Parment, D-North Harmony and 149th Assembly District candidate Patrick Tyler, D-West Ellicott.

Parment called on Gov. Pataki to "create a five-year plan to improve the Southern Tier Expressway and upgrade the highway to allow a 65-mile speed limit over its length."

Tyler said "this type of infrastructure is what we need to show industries that we are serious about bringing good jobs to this region."

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