EXCLUSIVE: Legislator claims run for office led to firing

Santabarbara was fired from Chazen one day after disclosing Assembly plans

Santabarbara said he hasn’t yet considered taking any legal action toward Chazen.

Plans for Assembly bid continue

Santabarbara said he’s primarily focusing on finding another job, but then he plans to seek party support for his second state Assembly bid. If Amedore takes a stab at the state Senate, it could open that seat up.

“I look forward to a great campaign, and I am thankful to have a second opportunity to run for this office,” he said. “It seems that it is an open seat at this point … but that is not why I am running.”

In the 2010 General Election, Santabarbara trailed significantly behind Amedore in Montgomery County, with Santabarbara receiving 4,319 votes compared to Amedore’s 9,269 votes. In Schenectady County, the gap was closer at 10,770 votes for Santabarbara and 12,169 votes for Amedore.

Santabarbara said he hopes to spend more time in Montgomery County “connecting with the people” this time around.

“I’d like to get my message across to the Montgomery County area as I have done here,” he said. “People can learn about some of the things I’ve been doing here and my history.”

Santabarbara was reelected to the Schenectady County Legislature in 2011 for his second four-year term. He said he was pleased to see strong support in that bid.

“I believe I could be more effective as a state legislator and get things done at a different level,” he said, “and be in a good position to continue my work that I have at the county except at the state level.”

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


ElizabethM 3 years, 9 months ago

I can't believe that this politician is crying again. He constantly appears in almost all of the Spotlight issues showing "concern" for this or that, now is is pretending that he is a victim. It is so typical of a politician to play the victim card. Mr. Santabarbara, millions of Americans have lost their jobs and you want us to believe that you are the only one suffering in this Obama economy where zero growth is the new norm? Please. At least you have a salary from your political job with the New York City democrats that run Schenectady County. Now go run for higher office and be the next do-nothing, smile-always Paul Tonko.


davidc 3 years, 9 months ago

Maybe it's because, as County residents learned.... when he ran for County Leg as a Republican, got elected, then immediately switch to Democrat... that he just can't be trusted.


Denise43 3 years, 9 months ago

Mr Santabarbara is the victim. It sounds like he did not just lose his job, but he was fired for his political status. Did you read the article? Shame on you Chazen! Corruption identified once again!


LaurieS 3 years, 9 months ago

All I know is that Mr. Santabarbara has NEVER voted to raise my taxes since he's been in office, I hope you get to the Assembly and do the same there, things like this only make us Stronger!!


PeterG 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't particularly like the guy...Haven't voted for him since he was a Republican and won't likely vote for him for Assembly. But, if he was fired because he decided he'd run for office, that is absolutely inexcusable and I hope he sues! Our government is only as good as those running for office and Chazen has done our State a great disservice by trying to eliminate an individual's right to run for office.


Sign in to comment