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 byCecilia Tkaczyk
In office
January 1, 2013 – January 23, 2013
Preceded byNeil Breslin
Succeeded byCecilia Tkaczyk
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 105th district
In office
July 2007 – December 31, 2012
Preceded byPaul Tonko
Succeeded byKieran Lalor
Personal details
Born (1969-04-02) April 2, 1969 (age 49)[1]
Niskayuna, New York[2]
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Joelle[2]
Children3[1]
ResidenceRotterdam, New York[2]
ProfessionHomebuilder
WebsiteOfficial website

George A. Amedore Jr. (born April 2, 1969)[1] is an American homebuilder, businessman, and Republican politician. Since 2015, Amedore has represented District 46 in the New York State Senate; his district encompasses all of Montgomery and Greene Counties and portions of Schenectady, Albany, and Ulster Counties. From 2007 to 2013, Amedore represented the 105th District in the New York State Assembly; at the time, this district included all of Montgomery County and part of Schenectady County.

Early life and career[edit]

Amedore was born and raised in Schenectady County. As of 2011, he was Vice President of Amedore Homes,[3] a business founded in 1974 by his father, George Amedore, Sr.[4] In 2007, Amedore and his family business were "featured on ABC-TV's "Extreme Makeover -- Home Edition"[5] when they "brought together dozens of subcontractors to build a 3,600-square-foot home at no cost" for a local family.[6]

New York State Assembly[edit]

Amedore was first elected to the State Assembly on July 31, 2007[3] in a special election to fill a vacancy;[7] the vacancy was created when longtime Democratic Assemblyman (and later Congressman) Paul Tonko was appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer to lead the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.[8] Amedore ran against Democrat Ed Kosiur, a Schenectady County legislator.[9]

Amedore was re-elected to the Assembly in 2008 and 2010, defeating Democrats Mark Blanchfield[10] and Angelo Santabarbara,[11] respectively.

New York State Senate[edit]

Rather than seeking re-election to the Assembly in 2012, Amedore chose to run for the New York State Senate in District 46. The district was 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 had 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.[12] 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. At the time, according to the Albany Times Union, Amedore was the shortest-tenured senator in the modern history of that chamber.[13]

Amedore ran against then-incumbent Senator Tkaczyk in the 2014 elections and won.[14] He was re-elected in 2016, defeating challenger Sara Niccoli by a wide margin.[15]

As of January 2018, Amedore served as Chair of the Senate Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee and the Senate Technology and Innovation Task Force; he also served as Co-Chair of the Heroin Task Force.[16]

Personal[edit]

Amedore resides in Rotterdam, New York with his wife Joelle and their three children: George, Anthony, and Bria. A Christian,[17] As of 2011, Amedore was a member of the Calvary Tabernacle Assembly of God Church 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. ^ Kyle Hughes (September 7, 2012). "Protesters decry out-of-district contributions to NY Senate candidate George Amedore (video)". DailyFreeman.com. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  6. ^ ""Extreme Makeover" home almost done". Albany Business Journal. March 8, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "Major Upset for Democrats: Amedore Wins Special Election". News10.com. August 1, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Nelson, Paul (July 24, 2007). "Amedore rejects gay marriage". Times Union. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  9. ^ Nelson, Paul (July 24, 2007). "Amedore rejects gay marriage". Times Union. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Munger Jr., Edward (November 5, 2008). "Amedore turns back Blanchfield". Daily Gazette. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Stanforth, Lauren (October 31, 2012). "Outside funds fuel Assembly races". Times Union. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Capitol Confidential » Heading to court, Amedore up 111 after objections
  13. ^ Tkaczyk wins Senate race after final count - Times Union
  14. ^ Ariel Zangla (November 5, 2014). "46th NY Senate District: George Amedore ousts Cecilia Tkaczyk". DailyFreeman.com. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  15. ^ "46th NY Senate District: Amedore easily defeats Niccoli". Daily Freeman. November 8, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/george-amedore-jr/about
  17. ^ Kyle Hughes (January 1, 2015). "George Amedore takes oath of office; vows to fight for upstate communities' fair share". Troy Record. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "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.
  20. ^ "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.
  21. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 2, 2012" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  22. ^ "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