46th STATE SENATE DISTRICT -- A Greene County man best known as an advocate for child sexual abuse victims is considering a Democratic run for the state Senate seat being opened by the unanticipated retirement of Sen. George Amedore, R-Rotterdam.
Gary Greenberg, 61, has announced that he will create an exploratory campaign committee, becoming at least the third Democrat eyeing a run in 2020. A survivor himself of childhood sexual abuse, he is the founder of Protect New York Kids, a non-profit.
"Public service is about fighting for the interests of the people you were elected to represent, getting laws passed, securing financial resources for local organizations. For the last five years of my life I have been fighting to enact the Child Victims Act and I traveled from Long Island to Buffalo working to elect senators to make the Child Victims Act the law of the land," Greenberg said in an announcement.
The Child Victims Act became law earlier this year, after Democrats took control of the state Senate for the first time in a decade.
A graduate of Colonie High School and American University, he is a former president of Arthur's Newsroom in Albany, labor services representative at the state Department of Labor, and since 1987 a minority owner of the Vernon Downs racetrack near Utica.
Greenberg noted that the state is currently facing a $6 billion budget deficit in 2020. "We cannot simply continue to raise taxes in New York state," he said. "We need elected officials that have the ability to be independent and wont be a rubber stamp for unending tax increases. New Yorkers need jobs and a future, they need elected officials who can get that job done."
Greenberg served as a member of the Albany County Legislature in 1992, and was an Albany County Democratic committeeman from 1980 until 2004, before moving. He now lives in New Baltimore.
Greenberg is the founder of Fighting for Children Political Action Committee and Protect New York Kids, a federally recognized not-for-profit created to assist all child victims in New York State. He work has been recognized by the New York State Progressive Action Network. Mr. Greenberg is the 2019 recipient of the Hero Award given by the New York Progressive Action Network to citizen advocates.
Greenberg is potentially joining a Democratic field that already includes Jeffrey Collins of Woodstock and Michelle Hinchey of Saugerties, the daughter of the late U.S. congressman Maurice Hinchey.
In the wake of Amedore's announcement, potential Republican candidates have yet to begin emerging.
The 46th Senate District includes all or parts of Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany, Greene and Ulster counties.