46th STATE SENATE DISTRICT -- A retired state trooper from rural Albany County has announced he is a potential Republican candidate for the state 46th Senate District, from which current state Sen. George Amedore is retiring.
The new candidate is Richard Amedure of Rensselaerville, who has been endorsed by Amedore, R-Rotterdam, who is a distant relative. Amedore made his unexpected announcement not to seek re-election last November, and no other Republicans have come forwarding seeking the party nomination.
Amedure, 55, said he wants to use his experience as a veteran, retired state trooper, small farm owner and on the Rensselaerville town Planning Board to "provide a strong focus on protecting our most vulnerable residents, promoting family farms and preserving the unique character of our small towns and communities."
"Senator Amedore set a strong example for leadership in this district, and I look forward to working with him to ensure our communities receive the same committed public service they deserve," Amedure said.
Amedure, who was a state trooper in the Kingston area for 30 years, is the first Republican to emerge in a field that already includes two Democrats: Michelle Hinchey of Saugherties, the daughter of the late congressman Maurice Hinchey; and Gary Greenberg of New Baltimore, who has made a name as an advocate for child sexual abuse victims. Hinchey has earned the support of all the county Democratic committees in the district, but a June primary is anticipated.
Amedure said he wants to lead the fight to repeal the bail and discovery reform law that took effect in January. The law has been widely criticized by prosecutors and public safety officials. "I will always be a voice against downstate interests and decisions that negatively impact our way of life," he said in a news release.
Amedore gave his endorsement: "While retiring from the state Senate was a bittersweet decision, I feel secure that our district will be in good, capable hands with Richard Amedure as your next state senator."
The 46th Senate District includes all or parts of Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany, Greene and Ulster counties. As of last week, the state Board of Elections reported it has 75,573 enrolled Democratic voters, 56,734 enrolled Republicans, and 56,341 voters not enrolled in a party.