SCHENECTADY Schenectady County Legislator Angelo Santabarbara is once again eyeing a seat on the New York State Assembly.
Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, kicked off his campaign for the new 111th Assembly District on Sunday, April 22, in the hallway outside of Proctors Theatre as shoppers at the Schenectady Greenmarket passed by, some looking confused by the large gathering. Santabarbara made his announcement with a smattering of Democrats from the county legislature and the Town of Rotterdam.
Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, also shared his support for Santabarbara and said he has the right skills for the job.
“Here’s an engineer well trained in science and technology. We are one of the fastest growing regions in the country for high tech, clean energy, innovation jobs. We need someone technically savvy to carry on with the lobbying and advocacy and the public policy and the resource networking in Albany,” Tonko said.
The crowd of supporters chanted, “Angelo, Angelo, Angelo,” as he stepped up to the podium.
“Now, as I stand here, I’m honored to be the democratic candidate for New York State Assembly’s 111th District,” Santabarbara said.
Previously, Santabarbara ran against incumbent 105th District Assemblyman George Amedore in the 2010 election, but was unsuccessful. The new 111th Assembly District, which includes Montgomery County, most of Schenectady County and two towns in Albany County, is very similar to the current 105th District.
In the 2010 election, Schenectady County was a much tighter race for Santabarbara than Montgomery County in the 105th District; Amedore held a substantial lead over Santabarbara in the latter.
Santabarbara said all parts of the 111th District are equally important and he wants to spend as much time as he can in each.
“I’m from (Schenectady County), but I want the people in Montgomery County to know that they are equally as important to me and I want to know what their issues are, I want to know what their concerns are so that I can properly represent them,” Santabarbara said.