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Tkaczyk captures 46th Senate District

Lengthy legal battle ends with Democrat newcomer trumping Amedore

— Amedore urged lawmakers to address the concerns of Upstate residents and said he would continue to advocate for them.

“As a small businessman born and raised in Upstate New York, I understand the everyday issues. I believe our representatives need to act on behalf of those who call Upstate their home,” Amedore said in a statement. “As I've done throughout my life, I will continue to advocate for the people's needs and hope for a brighter future.”

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, a fellow political newcomer, congratulated Tkaczyk on her “more than well-deserved” win.

“Our long, Upstate election ordeal is over and the future looks incredibly bright with Senator Tkaczyk,” Fahy said in a statement. “This was grassroots at its finest and should serve as a lesson that — despite long odds and faced with an opponent for whom the district was carved out for — the voice of the voters was heard and not the voice of special interests.”

The senate race became more heated as Election Day neared, with advertisements from political action committees dealing the harshest words about each candidate. Each candidate pointed to campaign contributions as points of contention, with both receiving significant support from political action committees.

Tkaczyk, former president of the Duanesburg Board of Education, while campaigning pointed to being a third-generation family farmer and said she was in touch with middle class concerns and needs. Some key issues of her campaign included her staunchly opposing hydrofracking, providing school districts with their “fair share” of state funding, realizing campaign finance reform and supporting women’s rights.

Despite Democrats securing more Senate seats than Republicans, the Independent Democratic Conference and Republicans will control the chamber through its governing collation.

The new 46th Senate District includes all of Montgomery and Greene counties and portions of Schenectady, Albany and Ulster counties.

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