Morse eyes Breslin's Senate seat

— Albany County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse wants Sen. Neil Breslin’s Senate seat. Morse, D-Cohoes, announced his run for the newly redrawn 44th Senate District on Wednesday, May 2.

“I think it’s time we have some change,” said Morse. “As a legislator I’m watching as county government is eroded from unfunded mandates, which are programs created by state senators and assemblyman.”

Morse pinned unfunded mandates at the top of his issues list, saying they’re the key to lowering property taxes and improving residents’ way of life.

“The American dream has eroded away. People are living on the edge, people are losing their homes,” said Morse. “I think it’s quite simple. Unfunded mandates are what’s eroding our ability to have some type of control over property tax.”

Breslin, who has represented the 46th Senate District since 1996, announced his reelection campaign on April 19 and has already garnered support from Congressman Michael McNulty, Albany County Democratic Committee Chairman Matt Clyne, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, Assemblymen Ron Canestrari, Jack McEneny and Bob Reilly, among others. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand threw her support behind him with her May 3 endorsement.

The 44th Senate District Breslin and Morse are vying to represent was redrawn and includes Bethlehem, Colonie and the Cities of Albany, Troy and Rensselaer.

“Neil comes from a family dedicated to service. He is a real leader in our community and the New York State Senate. The Capital Region and the people of New York State know they can count on Neil Breslin to stand up for true Democratic values on key issues such as health care, education and workers’ right,” said Gillibrand in a statement.

But Morse said he thinks constituents can better count on him to get the job done.

“I think what sets me apart is I’m out here on the streets fighting every day to find solutions to the problems. … I think that my opponent has been up at the Senate for a long time and I think when you’re away from people for a long time you lose touch with what’s really happening,” said Morse.

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