More local state Senate shakeups
Pete DeMola reports in the Times Union that the finalized map for the new state Senate 46th District finds veteran state Sen. Neil Breslin now vying to represent the area. The newly mapped 46th District will now include Schenectady County -- but without the city of Schenectady and Niskayuna -- and Albany County (without Colonie) and Montgomery County. Breslin, who is 79 and from Bethlehem, currently represents the 44th District, which currently covers parts of Albany and Rensselaer counties, including all of the cities of Albany and Rensselaer and the western fourth of the city of Troy. The changes move Republican incumbent Senator Daphne Jordan, who lives in Halfmoon and represents 43rd District, further north and out of Rensselaer County. Instead, Jordan faces a primary battle against another Republican incumbent state Senator. Republican Jim Tedisco, who currently represents New York’s 49th Senate District, now says he will run in the newly-created 44th District instead of in the redrawn 46th District. “I and many other Saratoga County Republicans — the majority of them GOP committee people — that I’ve spoken to are upset and disappointed with Jim Tedisco’s actions,” said former GOP state Senator Kathy Marchione. Marchione formerly represented the 43rd District. “This new 44th state Senate District has large areas I’ve run and won in with big numbers for years and we can’t let it get into Democratic hands,” Tedisco said. Schenectady County Legislator Michelle Ostrelich and Thearse McCalmon, both Democrats, have announced bids for the seat. The other local state Senate election with a major shakeup is the new Democratic-leaning 43rd District that includes Colonie, Rensselaer County, and parts of Washington County. Democrats Andrea Smyth and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple have announced campaigns there, as has Republican incumbent Assemblyperson Jake Ashby, who lives in Castleton-on-Hudson. Primary elections for U.S. House seats and state Senate seats will be held Aug. 23, while the primary election for the governor’s race and state Assembly contests is June 28. Read more about this story in the Times Union.