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Tedisco, Realtor set to marry

Tedisco, Realtor set to marry

He’s off the market, ladies.

He’s off the market, ladies.

State Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco and his longtime girlfriend, Saratoga Springs Realtor Mary Song, plan to be wed, spokesman Joshua Fitzpatrick confirmed on Monday.

The Republican assemblyman representing the 110th District and Song plan to marry on Nov. 15, shortly after he faces the electorate for his 14th term in the Assembly.

“We’re all happy for him,” said Fitzpatrick.

However, the energetic, talkative legislator has already indicated he prefers to keep the details of his marriage out of the public view. Fitzpatrick said Tedisco, who turns 58 today, has declined to discuss the matter with the media.

“That’s going to be the policy going forward,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s his private life and he wants to keep it private.”

Meanwhile, Tedisco’s house in Schenectady is going on the market. Fitzpatrick confirmed Tedisco is planning sell his stately brick home in the city’s Bellevue Neighborhood.

The couple is planning a move into a home they expect to purchase in The Return, a development off Route 50 in Glenville. Fitzpatrick said the move is within Tedisco’s district and won’t affect his Assembly seat. “That’s absolutely still in his district,” he said.

Tedisco grew up in Rotterdam and has family there. He attended Draper High School and then Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in Schenectady, where he graduated in 1968.

A standout basketball player in high school, Tedisco went on to become the captain of the team at Union College, where he received his degree during the early 1970s. At the age of 27, he became the youngest person elected to the Schenectady City Council.

Tedisco won the 110th district in 1982 and was elected minority leader in 2005. He is known for authoring Buster’s Law, a 1999 bill that increased penalties for animal cruelty following the brutal burning death of a cat named Buster.

Since 1985, Tedisco has lived on Guilderland Avenue in Schenectady. His relationship with Song, who made an unsuccessful bid for Saratoga Springs mayor in 2001, goes back more than a decade.

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