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Assembly candidates score endorsements

— Two 110th Assembly District candidates received political backing after local political committees announced their endorsements for the crowded race.

Phil Steck, D-Colonie, clinched the Colonie Democratic Committee endorsement and the New York State Working Families Party endorsement. His opponents Kevin Frazier and Tim Nichols are also Democrats and Colonie residents.

“Our committee members take their job very seriously, they work extremely hard and they want an Assembly member who will work as hard as they do,” said Rich Jacobson, an Albany County legislator and chairman of the Colonie Democratic Committee.

Jacobson said Steck’s “many years of service to the party and past successes in campaigns” drove the vote for endorsement.

The Schenectady County Democratic Committee voted unanimously to endorse Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry.

“Joe Landry is a proven leader,” said Schenectady County Democratic Chairman Brian Quail. “Joe will bring that same level of commitment to the State Assembly to increase economic opportunities and create jobs, ensure a quality public education for our children and fight to ensure our communities get their fair share of state aid.”

Jennifer Whalen, the sole Republican candidate, was endorsed by the Schenectady County Republican Committee.

The newly redrawn 110th Assembly district includes the Towns of Colonie and Niskayuna and a portion of the City of Schenectady. Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Loudonville, announced he would not seek reelection earlier this year. Reilly represented the 109th Assembly District pre-redistricting.

Steck said he was grateful to have the support of both committees and access to the opportunities they provide.

“The committee has played an instrumental role in our party’s success in electing Bob Reilly to State Assembly. In order to be successful in this type of race you have to join both your campaign organization and what it does with the grassroots support that the committee give you on the ground and that’s what we’re in a position to do,” said Steck.

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