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State Senate race too close to call

November 7, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

The race is still too close to call for the new 46th state Senate District. Republican George Amedore and Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk are running neck-and-neck for the seat.

Unofficially, George Amedore leads in Montgomery, Schenectady and Greene county, while Tkaczyk took Albany and Ulster county. With 100 percent of the vote in, Tkaczyk has 58,314 votes to Amedore's 58,175.

However, thousands of absentee ballots still need to be counted. The ballots could take several days to add up.

Both campaigns have claimed victory, despite the close race.

"While this race is close, George Amedore is confident he will be representing [the 46th Senate District]," Kris Thompson, campaign spokesman for Amedore, said Tuesday night.

Amedore and Tkaczyk were unavailable for comment.

They are seeking the seat in the newly formed 46th Senate District, which includes all of Montgomery and Greene counties and parts of Schenectady, Albany and Ulster counties. The new district takes effect Jan. 1.

Tkaczyk, who also is running under the Working Families party line, is a former president and current vice president of the Duanesburg Central School District Board of Education.

Amedore, as assemblyman, has put forward several bills that would remove the right for the Thruway Authority to raise tolls and would give the state Legislature control of the tolls.

State senators serve two-year terms and earn $79,500 per year and receive an allowance for daily expenses of $171 per day or $61 per half-day.



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