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Assembly candidates score endorsements

— Steck said he’s in the petitioning portion of the campaign, a phase where committee support can be extremely helpful.

“Committee members will carry petitions and get the signatures you need,” said Steck, who said he also has “authorization” from the Independence Party. “We’re out doing all the petitions for those three parties.”

He said one reason he believes he’s received so much committee support is because of the “potential to run on two additional lines.”

According to Elric Kline, Capital District Organizer for the WFP, it was Steck’s grassroots experience and qualifications that made him a good choice for endorsement.

“I have known Phil Steck for many years and he has always been a tireless advocate for civil rights, equal rights and economic justice,” said Karen Scharff, executive director of Citizen Action, a group affiliated with the WFP, in a statement.

Steck, who is in his fourth term with the Albany County Legislature, said if elected he wants to focus on education and senior care, specifically at the Albany County nursing home. He’s hanging his hat on having no state-level government experience, saying it will enable him to better serve his constituents.

“I pretty much come from the grassroots of the Democrat party. I never worked for the Assembly in any capacity or the Senate and I think that gives me an excellent perspective,” said Steck. “I think my loyalty will be solely to the voters.”

Landry, who said the Schenectady County Democratic Committee’s support would be “crucial” to his campaign, listed “reductions in state aid across the board” as at top on his priority list should he win the seat.

“Right now is a critical time as far as many issues surfacing throughout the town, throughout the state regarding state aid. This district that we’re in, there’s a lot of reductions in state aid in different areas that are impacting our schools, our municipalities, and I think I can hopefully make a difference and work on the state level,” said Landry.

Nichols is an Albany County legislator in his fourth term and has served as Reilly’s chief of staff since 2005. Frazier most recently worked under Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari and received early endorsements from Reilly and Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan.

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