George Amedore — 46th Senate District(Part of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties, and all of Greene and Montgomery counties) Republican George Amedore defeated first-term incumbent Democrat Terry Cecilia Tkaczyk in a rematch of their 2012 race. Their 2012 race, decided by just 18 votes, was one of the closest in the state’s history. Amedore was elected to the Assembly in a 2007 special election; he was re-elected twice before he gave up the seat to run for the State Senate. He helps run his family’s construction company, Amedore Homes. His legislative priorities include reducing property taxes, job creation and economic development, creating jobs, reforming Common Core, improving workforce development and training and decreasing the number of regulations on businesses.
Marc Panepinto – 60th Senate District (part of Erie County) Democrat Marc Panepinto won a three-way race to represent Erie County’s 60th Senate District, gaining 33% of the vote. He defeated incumbent Republican Mark Grisanti (who was running on the Independence Party line), and Republican Kevin Stocker. Panepinto practices law in Buffalo. His legislative priorities include establishing and maintaining a living wage, ending corporate tax breaks and job creation, strengthening worker safety laws, ending the privatization of public education, and enacting the Women’s Equality Act.
Carrie Woerner – 113th Assembly District (Parts of Saratoga and Washington counties) Democrat Carrie Woerner won this seat, which she narrowly lost in 2012 to then-incumbent Tony Jordan. Jordan resigned to become Washington County District Attorney, leaving the seat vacant. The region has not been represented by a Democrat in the Assembly since before the Civil War. Woerner is a software developer and village trustee in Round Lake, and also serves on the planning board. Her legislative priorities include adjusting the school funding formula “so that our rural schools are funded fairly,” bringing “common sense back to Common Core” and “putting local schools and teachers in charge of setting the curriculum for their classrooms,” reforming the testing requirements for students, and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.
Angela Wozniak – 143rd Assembly District (Cheektowaga and Lancaster in Erie County) Angela Wozniak, a Conservative who ran with the support of the local Republican Party, scored something of an upset in her victory to represent the people of Cheektowaga and Lancaster, who have been without an assemblyman in Albany since Dennis Gabryszak’s resignation last year amid allegations of harassment and misconduct. Assemblywoman-Elect Wozniak is a small business owner and served on the Cheektowaga Town Board. She has a record of fighting graft and protecting taxpayers.