46th State Senate District — Democrat Michelle Hinchey, daughter of long-serving congressman Maurice Hinchey, is set to announce she will challenge state Sen. George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, at an event scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. in Kingston.
The Democratic Party has a registration advantage in the 46th Senate District, which includes all of Montgomery and Greene counties and parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties. But Democrats haven’t held the seat since 2014.
As of February, the 46th Senate District contained 72,370 registered Democrats, 55,897 registered Republicans, 6,164 registered Conservatives, 907 registered Working Families Party, 834 registered Green Party members, 11,965 Independence Party members and 55,507 registered voters with no party affiliation.
Hinchey is the daughter of U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-Saugerties, who served in Congress for 23 years from 1993 to 2013. Hinchey died Nov. 22, 2017.
Amedore has served the 46th Senate District since 2015, after defeating former state senator Cecilia Tkaczyk in a rematch of their fiercely contested 2013 race. That race involved two different lead changes determined by court orders after election day. Tkaczyk won the first race by a scant 18 votes, but Amedore handily won the rematch 50,698 to 39,501 in 2014.
In 2018, Amedore defeated Democrat Pat Courtney Strong, receiving 55.8 percent of the vote, 68,259 to 54,116. However, this will be the first time Amedore is running as a member of the minority party in the state Senate.
Hinchey’s campaign has stated it will have U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, of the 19th Congressional District, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, labor union leaders and other elected officials at her announcement.