Republican James Tedisco said Wednesday he will seek re-election to the state Assembly in the 110th District for a 15th term.
“I love the job. I am confident my constituents know my record. I am proud of my record and I am running on my record,” said Tedisco, 59, of Glenville. He was first elected to the Assembly when he was 32. Assembly terms are for two years.
BK Keramati of Galway formally announced Wednesday that he is seeking to unseat Tedisco. Keramati is a retired mechanical engineer who is seeking the endorsement of the Democratic county committees in Saratoga and Schenectady. The endorsement announcements will be made before a petition drive, which begins on June 8.
Tedisco said he was endorsed for Assembly by the Schenectady and Saratoga counties’ Republican committees. He plans to seek endorsements from the Conservative and Independence parties.
Tedisco said he has been effective in the Assembly, even though he serves in the minority. “My constituents have seen that one person can make a difference. What you do is based on the character and quality of your ideas,” he said.
Tedisco has proposed numerous ideas and legislation, including the placement of a financial penalty on state legislators for not approving a budget on time. He said he also successfully led the charge to block former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s effort to issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. Tedisco was minority leader in the Assembly at the time, and his battles with the governor resulted in Spitzer uttering the memorable phrase that he would steamroll any opposition. Spitzer later resigned because of a prostitution scandal.
Tedisco is one of a handful of state legislators this year to refuse the annual pork-barrel allocations, saying the allocations are inappropriate in light of the state’s $9 billion deficit.
Tedisco stepped down as minority leader last year near the end of a bruising campaign for the 20th Congressional District. Democrat Scott Murphy won the election in a close vote.