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Savage trumps Farley's fundraising

Six-month fundraising period places state Senate challenger ahead, but incumbent's total still strong

While Democrat Susan Savage is touting her recent campaign finances filing against GOP incumbent Hugh Farley, she still has a long road ahead of her to reach Farley's paper backing.

For the mandated July 2010 campaign finance disclosure, Savage, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature, is pointing out she raised roughly $74,000 in campaign contributions since she announced on May 23 her bid for the 44th District seat in the New York State Senate. Farley raised nearly $42,000 over the last six months.

For 33 years Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Schenectady, has held his Senate position with no sign of backing down. Even though Farley might have not garnered more contributions for this filing period, he still holds just over $381,000 in total campaign finances.

Savage touts her involvement in revitalizing Schenectady County over her tenure as chairwoman of the legislature since 2004, but Farley contests her contributions.

Everything that has happened in economic development is a result of my legislation, said Farley. "She takes credit for that, which I don't know how she can."

Savage said she has been instrumental in bringing economic development to Schenectady County.

"It is true Sen. Farley is one of the authors of Metroplex but Metroplex didn't really work the first five years in existence," said Savage. "It really accomplished nothing."

She said she was part of the effort to reorganize Metroplex and place highly professional people with the organization, which is how it was able to revitalize the economy. Thirty-five entities were combined, said Savage, to form one comprehensive and more effective agency within Metroplex.

Savage also pointed to her creating the position of commissioner of Schenectady County Economic Development and Planning, which Ray Gillen currently holds in addition to chair of Metroplex.

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