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Republicans keep the 46th State Senate District

Richard Amedure, pictured, appeared to have defeated Michelle Hinchey Tuesday night in the race for the 46th State Senate District.
Richard Amedure, pictured, appeared to have defeated Michelle Hinchey Tuesday night in the race for the 46th State Senate District.

STATE SENATE — Richard Amedure appeared to have defeated Michelle Hinchey Tuesday night in the race for the 46th State Senate District, keeping that seat in Republican hands, and Sen. Daphne Jordan held off a strong challenge in the 43rd Senate District.

The race in the 46th Senate District was between Amedure and Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late Democratic Congressman Maurice Hinchey of Saugerties, who would replace the retiring Republican George A. Amedore Jr. of Rotterdam. With all in-person votes counted but thousands of absentees still to count, Amedure held a 51 percent to 45 percent lead.

Amedure, of Rensselaerville, is a retired state trooper and distant relation of Amedore’s. He did well in Greene County, where he was stationed for most of his law enforcement career.

The 32-year-old Hinchey launched her campaign last year hoping to unseat Amedore, who a few months later joined what became a long list of Republican state senators who decided to retire after Democrats took control of the chamber in 2019.

Amedure, 56, was a 31-year state trooper and has also served on the town Planning Board in Rensselaerville, in southern Albany County.

Also actively campaigning is a write-in candidate is child victims’ rights advocate Gary Greenberg of New Baltimore.

The 46th Senate District includes Montgomery County and the southern part of Schenectady County, and the Albany Hill Towns, as well as large parts of Greene and Ulster counties.

The results, like all results reported Tuesday night, do not include thousands of absentee ballots, which are at record levels due to coronavirus concerns. Absentee ballot counting won’t start until Nov. 9.


State Sen. Daphne Jordan, R-Halfmoon, appeared to have defeated Democrat Patrick F. Nelson, a Stillwater village trustee who has worked for politically progressive candidates. Nelson, however, made a strong showing in early voting, where more voters are Democrats. But by the end of the evening, with all in-person votes counted, she had a 55 percent to 41 percent lead.

Jordan, although she has served just two years in the Senate, was chief of staff to the district’s previous senator, Kathy Marchione. She is also a small business owner and former member of the Halfmoon Town Board.


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Jordan has criticized the state’s handling of the COVID pandemic, especially in nursing homes. She espouses a mainstream-Republican smaller government, lower-tax philosophy, and more recently has emphasized her support for law enforcement. Her campaign went to court earlier on Tuesday seeking to have ballots impounded in case a recount is needed.


State Sen. James Tedisco of Glenville – a state senator for only two terms, but a political figure in the Capital Region as a state assemblyman for decades – looked on his way to beating progressive Democrat Thearse McCalmon of Schenectady, who has never held public office, though she ran what many considered a surprisingly strong Democratic primary challenge to Schenectady Mayor Gary R. McCarthy in 2019.

Tedisco, who was Republican minority leader during part of his 32-year Assembly career, is frequently critical of the state’s Democratic leaders. He has taken up conservative causes such as the campaign against driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, sponsored stronger laws against animal cruelty, and promoted the cause of missing persons and their families.

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Most recently, Tedisco has raised his profile by calling for a bipartisan commission to look into why so many of the state’s nursing home residents died last spring in the early stages of the pandemic, but an investigation into nursing home deaths is an idea Cuomo has rejected.

The 49th Senate District includes parts of Saratoga, Schenectady and Herkimer counties, and all of Fulton and Hamilton counties.


An Otsego County legislator and business owner was leading in the race to replace state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Peter Oberacker of Schenevus, defeated Democrat Jim Barber of Middleburgh, who comes from one of the Schoharie Valley’s most prominent farming families.

Oberacker grew up in Schenevus, working in a family sausage business, and went on to graduate from SUNY Delhi and work in food product research, development and implementation. He created a company called Form Tech Solutions in 2007, and moved its international headquarters from Texas to Schenevus in 2017.

Oberacker campaigned on issues including state support small businesses during the pandemic, repeal the state bail reform measures that eliminated cash bail for many criminal suspects, and support for farmers.


In Albany County, meanwhile, veteran Sen. Neil D. Breslin, D-Albany, looked to be on his way to defeating Republican David R. Yule of Albany, a certified public accountant who had not actively campaigned. With nearly all the votes counted, he was leading Yule by a better than 2-to-1 margin.

Breslin, 78, was in the Senate minority for more than 20 years, but was named chairman of the Insurance Committee after Democrats took control of the chamber in 2019.

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