"The boys might have knocked me down, but I'm not out," DelMonte said. "A fight isn't over when you get knocked down; it's over when you don't get back up."
She warned that lies and distortions won't be tolerated.
"I will shut down every lie the boys in this race tell. I'm not going to let them pervert my record," DelMonte said.
DelMonte said the reopening of Globe and the opening of Yahoo has breathed new life into this area's economy and the recent approval by NYPA trustees to increase and improve contracts with local industries for low-cost hydropower heralds a whole new era of stability for thousands of employees.
"I'm not going to give up a fight I began 10 years ago to bring new economic opportunities and jobs to our community," she said.
DelMonte said she's voted against the past two state budgets and will continue voting against budgets that don't rein in spending and cut mandates on local governments and school districts. She supports a proposed real property tax cap and spending cap.
DelMonte said she remains committed to advocating within her Democratic majority the importance of passing balanced budgets.
"If people don't think I'm tough, think again," she said. "I'm plain spoken. I don't tell people what they want to hear. I tell them the truth."