The 46th Senate district's Conservative candidate dropped out of the race to throw his support behind retired Army Colonel Robert Domenici last week.
Domenici, who formally announced his candidacy Monday, June 7, is planning to run a neutral campaign focusing on revitalizing New York's economy. He has served on the South Colonie Central School Distrcit Board of Education for 12 years.
Joseph Vitollo was the Conservative Party's choice, but is stepping down to back Domenici, who he said has what it takes to get he job done in Albany.
Domenici is seeking the backing of the Conservative Party he said.
"Today, I am proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Republican Bob Domenici and support him in his bid for New York State Senate," said Vitollo. "Bob Domenici is conservative in the 46th district Senate race that I encourage all Conservatives across Albany County to support."
Vitollo said the move is what is best for taxpayers, and will give residents a voice.
"As a Conservative, I am doing what I feel is in the best interest of the people of Albany County," said Vitollo. "By withdrawing from the 46th district Senate race and backing Bob Domenici, I feel it gives ordinary taxpayers in Albany County the best possible chance to return our government back into the hands of the people."
Domenici said he is planning on a self-imposed three term limit if elected, and said if he cannot effect positive change in three terms, then it is time to call it quits.
"I'm not a politician," Domenici said. "We are going to do what the career politicians have failed to do and that is act in the best interest of the people."
Domenici is especially interested in the New York state budget, redundancy in management positions, building up the private industry, capping property assessment increases and expanding the STAR exemption.