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ROTTERDAM: Builder vies for state seat

He said what he would bring to the state Assembly is a business perspective.

"As a businessman, I understand the needs and burdens we face. I understand the needs of customers and how to produce a product that they are proud of," Amedore said. "These principles are not being applied in state government today."

Amedore said as a home builder, his job is to provide people with the American dream of owning their own home, but, he said, too often the dream turns into a nightmare with high property taxes. He said his goal is to turn that nightmare into a happy reality by lowering taxes.

He also said he would never vote for a budget that increases spending more than the rate of inflation, and promised to work toward creating jobs within the state to keep more young people in New York.

"I have a public servant's heart," he said. "I am that leader to take on the challenge in Albany."

County Legislator Ed Kosiur, D-Schenectady, said he plans to formally announce his candidacy for the Assembly seat next week. He pointed to the "extreme makeover" of downtown Schenectady as a testament of what he could do as a state assemblyman.

"In just three and a half years, we have transformed downtown from a bunch of rundown buildings to a viable area with Villa Italia, the Hampton Inn, Proctor's and Movieland Cinema," he said.

Kosiur said he plans to focus on cutting taxes for middle income families, seniors and veterans, increasing intergovernmental cooperation and advocating for youth.

County Legislator Joe Suhrada, R-Schenectady, said he agreed with Amedore's views on lowering taxes and reducing spending. Suhrada said Kosiur has voted for every increase in taxes and spending that has come across the county legislature.

"George Amedore is the best candidate," Suhrada said. "He will do a good job serving the working families that make up the majority of this area." ""

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