George A. Amedore Jr.

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George Amedore
Member of the New York Senate
from the 46th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Cecilia Tkaczyk
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 47)[1]
Niskayuna, New York[2]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joelle[2]
Children three[1]
Residence Rotterdam, New York[2]
Profession Homebuilder
Religion Assemblies of God[3]
Website Official website

George A. Amedore Jr. (born April 2, 1969)[1] is a Republican member of the New York State Senate. 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.

Early life and career[edit]

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]

State Assembly career[edit]

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]

State Senate campaigns[edit]

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 contested a rematch with Tkaczyk in the 2014 elections and won.

Personal[edit]

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 ) ... 15,089
George A. Amedore Jr. (REP - IND - CON) ... 63,195
Cecilia F. Tkaczyk (DEM - WOR ... 63,213
George A. Amedore Jr. (REP - IND - CON) ... 53,553
Cecilia F. Tkaczyk (DEM - WOR ... 42,009

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "State Assembly: George Amedore (R), District 105". Capitol Info. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Assembly Member George Amedore Jr. (NY)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Assembly District 105, George Amedore: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "About Us". Amedore Homes. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tonko elected to head state energy authority". Times Union. June 19, 2007. p. A3. Retrieved April 13, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Race to succeed Tonko set: Democrat Ed Kosiur, Republican George Amedore to contend in July 31 special election". Times Union. July 3, 2007. p. D5. Retrieved April 13, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "At $37 a vote, it got pricey: Amedore, Kosiur camps combined to spend nearly $1 million in 30-day election for Assembly seat". Times Union. September 7, 2007. p. D1. Retrieved April 13, 2011. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Capitol Confidential » Heading to court, Amedore up 111 after objections
  9. ^ Tkaczyk wins Senate race after final count - Times Union
  10. ^ "Special Election Results, 105th Assembly District: July 31, 2007" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 4, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 23, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 18, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 2, 2012" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 4, 2014" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Paul Tonko
New York State Assembly, 105th District
July 31, 2007-December 31, 2012
Succeeded by
Angelo Santabarbara
Preceded by
Cecilia Tkaczyk
New York State Senate, 46th District
January 1, 2015-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent