Local residents need representatives who understand how to represent them in Albany.
Assemblyman George Amedore, a Rotterdam Republican, has shown the ability and desire to speak out for our area, and he gets our endorsement in his bid for the new 46th Senate District seat.
Since being elected to the Assembly in 2007, Amedore, a Republican, has supported measures that would help his constituents.
Recently, he argued vociferously against the state Thruway Authority's proposed 45 percent toll increase for trucks with three axles or more. He also was one of the lawmakers who proposed establishing a tax credit for apple growers who were hit hard by the rough growing season.
After Hurricane Irene, Amedore pushed for legislation to let residents adversely affected by the storm get an extension on filing their state tax forms.
Amedore has not been afraid to voice his concerns about proposals coming from other state leaders, either. While the 2011-12 state budget was being negotiated, he pointed out upstate New York school districts were bearing an unfair share of the cuts in education aid.
If New York state is ever going to be truly open for business, it needs to spend its money wisely. Amedore, a businessman, can provide sound fiscal guidance.
Amedore plans to work on a number of issues if he's elected to the new Senate district, which will include all of Montgomery County. He wants to cut taxes, make health care more affordable and lower energy costs, among other efforts.
Amedore's opponent, Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, who lives on a farm with her family in Duanesburg, may understand the needs of farms and other businesses, but her experience falls short of Amedore's.
We encourage voters to send Amedore to the Senate in the Nov. 6 election.