SARATOGA COUNTY — Michelle Ostrelich, of Niskayuna, has been endorsed by the Saratoga County Democratic Committee in her bid for the 49th Senate District seat.
"The residents of Saratoga County are concerned about issues that worry most New Yorkers — health care and local business development," she said in a prepared statement. "I am a staunch supporter of universal health care.
"As a senator, bringing the New York State Health Care Act to a vote and ultimately pass in the Senate will be a top priority for me."
Senate Bill 4840, which was introduced in March 2017, seeks to establish a state health care plan.
The bill states, "While the federal Affordable Care Act brought many improvements in health care and health coverage, it still leaves many New Yorkers without coverage or with inadequate coverage. New Yorkers -- as individuals, employers, and taxpayers -- have experienced a rise in the cost of health care and coverage in recent years, including rising premiums, deductibles and co-pays, restricted provider networks and high out-of-network charges."
Ostrelich, who will challenge Republican State Sen. James Tedisco, is a lawyer who has been a stay-at-home mom in recent years.
The district stretches from Schenectady and Niskayuna northwest through the heart of the central and western Adirondacks.
Todd Kerner, chair of the Saratoga County Democratic Committee, said in a prepared statement, "We know that Michelle will be a champion for Saratoga County.
"When she talked with our members, she truly talked with us — not at us. Our county is very diverse, and so are our needs. Michelle clearly grasps that concept, and we look forward to working with her in the New York State Senate.
Ostrelich has also been endorsed by Schenectady County Legislator Rory Fluman, Saratoga County Supervisor Tara Gaston, Schenectady County Democratic Committee Chairperson Joe Landry, Denise Murphy McGraw of the Niskayuna Town Board, Leesa Perazzo and Marion Porterfield of the Schenectady City Council, New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck, New York State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, former Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Cynthia Young of the Malta Town Council.