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Amedure holds lead over Hinchey in 46th SD race

Nov 06, 2020 3:00 pm
Sean Mulkerrin has an extensive rundown in the Altamont Enterprise of the 46th Senate District race. With more than 130,000 early and in-person ballots counted on Election Day, Richard Amedure of Rensselaerville was maintaining a 6.26-point lead over Democrat Michelle Hinchey. Robert Alft, the Green Party candidate and a Voorheesville resident, received 1,010 votes. There were also 76 write-ins. Gary Greenberg mounted a write-in campaign after his petition to run in the June 23 Democratic primary was thrown out in a court challenge because of faulty signatures. The 140-mile-long 46th District was created eight years ago and its enrollment has swung Democratic during that time. In this race, Hinchey’s campaign outspent Amedure’s by nearly five times. Asked what he attributed his six-point lead to, Amedure said, “We did the work.” He said his campaign knocked on doors, made phone calls, and sent emails. He knocked on doors in neighborhoods in every part of the district, and voters responded, he said. “The people are upset, and we know that,” said Amedure, pointing to bail-and-discovery reforms as well as the high cost of living and exorbitant taxes and the lack of opportunity for younger residents as examples of voter antipathy. And they are upset with one-party rule from New York City, he said. Given that he will still be part of the minority conference, Amedure was asked where he will have common ground with the Democrats and where they can work together. He said that “it’s obvious” upstate voters are upset with the way things are right now. "And, if the Democratic Party hasn’t noticed it after Tuesday night’s results, he said, “They really aren’t paying attention.” If the Democratic Party tries to double down on its “one-party, one-area” way of legislating and makes laws that are good only for New York City, he said, then in two years, the party will be looking at a “resounding defeat.” Amedure won four of the five counties that make up the 46th Senate District. The only county where Hinchey won definitively was Ulster, her home county. Hinchey did not respond to a request for an interview. Read the full story in the Altamont Enterprise.