Farley to face newcomer Thorne

— One of the state Senate’s longest-serving members is facing a challenge this November from a political newcomer.

Republican Hugh Farley and Democrat Madelyn Thorne are set to face off in a contest for to represent the new 49th Senate District. Thorne kicked off her campaign on Sunday, July 1, at Proctor’s Theater.

The 49th Senate District includes eastern Schenectady County, western Saratoga County, Hamilton County, Fulton County as well as a majority of northern Herkimer County.

Farley has been in the Senate for 36 years and is seeking to add a 19th term to his legacy. Prior to his Senate career, Farley sat on the Niskayuna Town Board for seven years. He said the Senate has had a good year with an “on time budget and no new taxes” and that he always looks forward to campaigning.

“It’s a brand new district, the second largest in the state, and I’m excited about it,” he said.

Farley added that from everything he’s heard of Thorne, “she’s a lovely person.”

Thorne has spent much of her adult life volunteering in one capacity or another. She is presently on the Advisory Council for long-term care for Schenectady County’s Glendale Nursing Home. She is also the director of pastoral care there and in charge of volunteer recruitment.

Thorne was previously employed in the private sector as a salesperson.

Thorne acknowledged she faces a huge challenge, but cited Farley’s time in office as a reason for her run.

“I also feel that people are ready for a change. …. I’ve had some very strong stalwart Republicans who are saying to me, ‘It is time, the guy’s gotta go.’ He’s not as effective as he was at one time and I think a lot of his connections are gone.”

Both candidates placed economic development at the top of their agendas. Farley plans on “getting the fiscal house in order and to reign in government spending.” Specifically, he said he’ll be working on creating jobs, not raising taxes and removing hindrances to businesses.

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