George Amedore

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George Amedore
Member of the New York Senate
from the 46th district
In office
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
In office
July 2007 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by Paul Tonko
Succeeded by Kieran Lalor
Personal details
Born (1969-04-02) April 2, 1969 (age 45)[1]
Niskayuna, New York[2]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joelle[2]
Children three[1]
Residence Rotterdam, New York[2]
Profession politician
Religion Assemblies of God[3]
Website Official website

George A. Amedore, Jr. (born April 2, 1969)[1] 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.

Amedore was born and raised in Schenectady County. He is vice president of Amedore Homes,[3] a business founded in 1974 by his father, George Amedore, Sr.[4]

He was first elected to the State Assembly on July 31, 2007,[3] 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.[5] Amedore ran against Democrat Ed Kosiur, a Schenectady County legislator.[6] The race was noted for the large campaign budget, with Amedore spending $511,576 vs. Kosiur's $430,862.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

Amedore resides in Rotterdam, New York with his wife Joelle and their three children: George, Anthony, and Bria. He is a member of the Calvary Tabernacle Assembly of God in Schenectady.[3]

Election results[edit]

George A. Amedore, Jr. (REP - CON) ... 14,178
Edward J. Kosiur (DEM - IND - WOR) ... 11,186
George A. Amedore, Jr. (REP - CON) ... 29,784
Mark W. Blanchfield (DEM - IND - WOR) ... 18,404
George A. Amedore, Jr. (REP - IND - CON) ... 21,438
Angelo L. Santabarbara (DEM - WOR - CAN) ... 15,089

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Paul Tonko
New York State Assembly, 105th District
2007–present
Incumbent