|Member of the New York Senate
from the 46th district
January 1, 2013 – January 23, 2013
|Preceded by||Neil Breslin|
|Succeeded by||Cecilia Tkaczyk|
|Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 105th district
July 2007 – December 31, 2012
|Preceded by||Paul Tonko|
|Succeeded by||Kieran Lalor|
April 2, 1969 |
Niskayuna, New York
|Residence||Rotterdam, New York|
|Religion||Assemblies of God|
George A. Amedore, Jr. (born April 2, 1969) was a Republican member of the New York State Senate for a brief period in January 2013. Previously, he had been a member of the New York State Assembly representing the 105th Assembly District, which includes all of Montgomery County and part of Schenectady County.
He was first elected to the State Assembly on July 31, 2007, in a special election to fill the seat of long time Assemblyman (and now Congressman) Paul Tonko, after Governor Eliot Spitzer appointed Tonko to run the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Amedore ran against Democrat Ed Kosiur, a Schenectady County legislator. The race was noted for the large campaign budget, with Amedore spending $511,576 vs. Kosiur's $430,862.
Amedore gave up his Assembly seat to run for the 46th Senate district, a newly drawn district stretching from Montgomery County to Ulster County. Although there were more registered Democrats than Republicans in the district, Amedore was initially favored because he'd represented the entire northern portion of the district for five years. Amedore trailed Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk on election night, but legal action by Amedore forced a judge to monitor the counting of 6,000 provisional and absentee ballots. The judge threw out 450 votes, enough to give Amedore a 37-vote lead. Amedore was certified as the winner and filed his oath of office in January. However, Tkaczyk appealed, contending that since the ballots were primarily in Democratic-leaning areas, she could potentially win if they were all counted. Eventually, a court ordered 99 ballots in Ulster, Albany, and Greene counties opened. Tkaczyk picked up enough votes in the opened ballots to take an 18-vote lead. Amedore conceded the race on January 18. According to the Albany Times Union, Amedore was the shortest-tenured senator in the modern history of that chamber.
George A. Amedore, Jr. (REP - IND - CON) ... 21,438 Angelo L. Santabarbara (DEM - WOR - CAN) ... 15,089
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|New York State Assembly, 105th District