Jim Tedisco

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Jim Tedisco
Tedisco Headshot.jpeg
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 110th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Chris Ortloff
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 103rd district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Arnold Proskin
Succeeded by Pat Manning
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 107th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Clark Wemple
Succeeded by Arnold Proskin
Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly
In office
November 29, 2005 – April 3, 2009[1]
Governor George Pataki
Eliot Spitzer
David Paterson
Preceded by Charles H. Nesbitt
Succeeded by Brian Kolb
Personal details
Born James Nicholas Tedisco
(1950-07-15) July 15, 1950 (age 63)[2]
Schenectady, New York, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Song[3]
Residence Glenville, New York (primary)
Saratoga Springs, New York[4]
Alma mater Union College
Religion Catholic[5]
Website Assembly Website

James Nicholas "Jim" Tedisco (born July 15, 1950) is an American politician. He is the Republican New York State assemblyman from the 110th District, and was the Assembly's Minority Leader from November 2005 until April 2009. He has served in the Assembly since 1983. He was the Republican nominee in a special election for the 20th US Congressional District to fill the seat vacated by Kirsten Gillibrand, following Gillibrand's appointment to the United States Senate; he conceded the race on April 24, 2009.[6]

Early life, education, and academic career[edit]

Jim Tedisco graduated from Bishop Gibbons High School in 1968, and then received his B.A. in Psychology from Union College.[7] While at Union, he played varsity basketball for three years where he set 15 scoring and assist records, and left as Union's all-time leading scorer with 1,632 points. Tedisco earned multiple athletic awards during his college career, and was inducted into the Union Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.[8] In 1997, he was given the Silver Anniversary Award from the NCAA.[9] The award is granted 25 years after graduation, and is based on a combination of academic achievement and being a prominent athlete while in college, and career and professional achievement after graduation.[10]

He went on to get a graduate degree in Special Education from the College of Saint Rose. From 1973 to 1982, Tedisco was a guidance counselor at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, and was also the varsity basketball coach and athletic director. Later, he was a special education teacher at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, a suburb of Albany.

Schenectady City Council[edit]

In 1977, at age 27, he became the youngest person to be elected to the Schenectady City Council, and was re-elected four years later.[7]

New York Assembly[edit]

Tedisco with fellow Assemblyman Greg Ball at a school tax reform press conference.


In 1982, Assemblyman Clark Wemple retired from the State Assembly, leaving an opening in the district. Tedisco won a four-way race in Republican primary, and then won the general election.[7]

Due to redistricting, Tedisco represented the 107th District from 1983 to 1993, the 103rd District from 1993 to 2003, and has represented the 110th District since 2003.[11] The 110th District consists of portions of Schenectady, Saratoga Springs and other communities in upstate New York.[12]

Tedisco ran uncontested in the 2008 general election[13] and won the 2010 general election with 64 percent of the vote.[14][15]


He authored Missing Children: A psychological approach to understanding the causes and consequences of stranger and non-stranger abduction of children, which was published in 1996.

Tedisco was a frequent critic of former Governor Eliot Spitzer. Tedisco drew attention in 2007 due to his vocal opposition to Spitzer's plan to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver licenses in New York, an issue Spitzer retreated on.[16] In October 2007, Tedisco charged that Spitzer had cut funding for health and education programs in the Schenectady area in retaliation for Tedisco's opposition to the Spitzer driver license plan, and accused the Governor of "dirty tricks" and "bullying".[17] A portion of the funding at issue was later restored.[18] When Spitzer's involvement with a prostitution ring surfaced in March 2008, Tedisco called for the Governor's resignation, and threatened impeachment if Spitzer did not resign.[19] Spitzer announced his resignation the next day, March 12, 2008.[20]

Committee assignments[edit]

Tedisco was chosen as the Ranking Minority Member on the Committee on Children and Families and Chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Missing Children.

Currently, he serves on the House Committee on Cities, House Committee on Economic Development, House Committee on Racing and Wagering, and House Committee on Rules.[21]

2009 special congressional election[edit]

On January 23, 2009, after Governor David Paterson announced that he had selected Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, Tedisco stated his intention to run for Congress to replace Gillibrand in New York's 20th Congressional District.[22] Though not a resident of the district,[23][24] Tedisco became its Republican nominee on January 27, 2009, and ran against Democrat Scott Murphy.[25] The initial count from the election had Murphy leading by 59 votes, out of over 155,000 cast on March 31, 2009. This tally did not include any of the 10,000 requested absentee ballots, which needed only to have been postmarked by that date and could have been returned as late as April 7 (domestically) or April 13 (internationally).[26] Eventually, about 7,000 absentee ballots were received; the vote count as of April 24 had Murphy ahead by 399 votes.[27] On April 24, Tedisco conceded the election to Murphy.[28]


  1. ^ "Assembly Republicans pick Canandaigua’s Kolb to replace Tedisco". bizjournals.com. The Business Review. 2009-04-06. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Asm. James Tedisco (R-NY 110th District)". capwiz.com/cvmha/. The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, Inc. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  3. ^ Halbfinger, David (2009-03-30). "On Election Day, He’ll Be Everywhere but the Voting Booth". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  4. ^ Mulholland, Mark (2009-03-18). "Tedisco can't vote for himself in Congressional race". wnyt.com. Retrieved 2009-04-06. [dead link]
  5. ^ Dovere, Edward-Isaac (2008-03-14). "Tedisco Considering Running Statewide in 2010". nycapitolnews.com. The Capitol. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  6. ^ "Tedisco concedes; Murphy headed to Congress". Times Union (Albany). 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b c "Assemblyman James Tedisco: 110th Assembly District". assembly.state.ny.us/. New York Assembly. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  8. ^ "Hall of Fame, Jim Tedisco Class of 1972". unionathletics.org. Union College Athletics. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  9. ^ "Silver Anniversary Awards". ncaa.org. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 1997-01-13. Retrieved 2009-04-06. [dead link]
  10. ^ "NCAA Silver Anniversary Awards". ncaa.org. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2009-04-06. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Our Campaigns – Candidate – James N. Tedisco". ourcampaigns.com. Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  12. ^ District Map
  13. ^ "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008. 
  14. ^ "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010. 
  15. ^ "Assembly Election Returns: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2010. 
  16. ^ Jochnowitz, Jay (2009-09-28). "Tedisco To Spitzer: Turn Back, Or We’ll Sue". blogs.timesunion.com/capitol/. Times Union. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  17. ^ "Tedisco Accuses Spitzer of 'Dirty Tricks,' 'Bullying'". cbs6albany.com. WRGB CBS 6 Albany. 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  18. ^ Web Staff (2007-12-18). "Funding restored to Schenectady clinic". capitalnews9.com. Capital News 9. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  19. ^ Hakim, Danny; Rashbaum, William K. (March 11, 2008). "State in Limbo as Questions Swirl About Spitzer’s Future". The New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2009. 
  20. ^ Grynbam, Michael M. (March 12, 2008). "Spitzer Resigns, Citing Personal Failings". The New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2009. 
  21. ^ http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=110&sh=comm
  22. ^ "Now who will replace Gillibrand?". cbs6albany.com. WRGB CBS 6 Albany. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  23. ^ "Election day in wild NY House race" by Associated Press, Boston Herald, November 3, 2009
  24. ^ "NY special election seen as Obama's 1st test" by Bill Meyer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 29, 2009
  25. ^ Curtis Schick (2009-01-28). "GOP picks Tedisco to run on Republican ticket". capitalnews9.com. Capital News 9. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  26. ^ Richburg, Keith B.; Kane, Paul (April 1, 2009). "Absentee Ballots to Decide N.Y. House Race". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 6, 2009. 
  27. ^ "Unofficial Combined Machine and Paper Results for NY 20th Congressional District" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  28. ^ "Tedisco concedes; Murphy headed to Congress". Times Union (Albany). 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2009-02-24. [dead link]

External links[edit]

New York Assembly
Preceded by
Clark Wemple
New York State Assembly, 107th District
Succeeded by
Arnold Proskin
Preceded by
Arnold Proskin
New York State Assembly, 103rd District
Succeeded by
Patrick R. Manning
Preceded by
Chris Ortloff
New York State Assembly, 110th District
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles H. Nesbitt
Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Brian Kolb
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marty Liquori
Thomas Lewis Lyons
Cliff Meely
Kurt L. Schmoke
Joe Theismann
Jack Youngblood
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 1997
Tommy Casanova
Jack Ford
David Joyner
Edward B. Rust Jr.
Jim Tedisco
Herb Washington
Succeeded by
Gary Hall, Sr.
Lawrie Mifflin
Drew Pearson
Cynthia Potter
Sally Ride
Harry Smith