George Amedore Jr., vice-president of Amedore Homes, promised to give New York an extreme makeover as he announced his candidacy for state Assembly at a press conference Tuesday, June 19.
Amedore recently became a household name in the Capital District following his participation in ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
With dozens of supporters gathered at Rotterdam's Town Hall, including top local Republicans, Amedore was endorsed as the Republican candidate for the 105th Assembly District seat that will be vacated by Democrat Paul Tonko, who has been named president of NYSERDA.
Amedore touted himself as a friend to working families and promised to lower taxes, cut spending and create jobs in New York.
State Assembly minority leader James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, who grew up in Rotterdam, said Amedore is a local candidate who shares his same values. He said Amedore was the best person to run for the seat, which has been held by a Democrat for 25 years.
Tedisco said Amedore has always contributed to the community in one way or another, and could do even more good as a state assemblyman.
"He is a terrific candidate, a terrific guy and would make an even better state assemblyman," Tedisco said.
Amedore has never held an elected position before, but said he is not new to public service.
"I understand what community service is all about and what helping people is all about," he said.
Amedore said his three passions in life are God and family, building safe, efficient and affordable homes; and serving his community.
Amedore, through his family-owned business Amedore Homes, has participated in many community service projects, including the redesign and construction of the Ronald McDonald Wing at Albany Medical Center, construction of a Schenectady group home for Hospice patients and the remodel of a Texas orphanage.
Amedore is active in nonprofit organizations, including the Rotterdam Little League.