The state Assembly will remain heavily Democratic, but for the first time since 1964, the state Senate will shift to a Democratic majority, which will give New York a Democratic governor and legislature, which is a first since the Great Depression.
In his first term, Gordon has authored and sponsored 12 bills that passed both the Assembly and the Senate before being signed into law by the governor. He also penned five other bills that passed the Assembly but did not make it out of the Senate. Among those bills turned into law was a Jonathan's Law Amendment.
The first-term assemblyman also authored a bill to allow non-residential electricity producers to use a meter on their wind power to sell back to the grid and netted $3 million for the Vista Technology Campus in Bethlehem as well as an unrestricted $500,000 for the Bethlehem School District.
Now that the Senate has a new Democratic majority, bills penned in the Assembly by Gordon and his Democratic colleagues have a much better chance of passing the other house.
"As we introduce new legislation, we'll be seeking to partner with senators in the majority," Gordon said. "We will also be looking to re-introduce a number of bills from last year."
State Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Delmar, is now the only ranking majority senator in Gordon's district, compared to the three Republican senators in the 108th District, which contains Columbia, Rensselaer, Greene and Albany counties.
Gordon lost his first political race for Bethlehem town supervisor before being elected twice to the Bethlehem Town Board and then to the state Assembly.
He said he wants to continue his platform of state reform and wants to help tackle the problems facing New York, such as rising energy costs, costs of living and a statewide population drain.
He is the founder of Albany Media Group, an advertising and public relations firm, and has been a community volunteer for many years. As a firefighter in North Bethlehem, he was awarded the Heroic Effort Award in 2004.
Gordon lives with his wife, Christine, and four children in Slingerlands and is a 1978 Shaker High School graduate and a 1982 SUNY Brockport graduate.
"During the next two years, we've got to fight to bring relief to homeowners who are being crushed by property taxes," Gordon said. "And we have to prepare for the transition to energy independence."