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.”