Longest Serving State Senator Will Not Run for Re-Election

Last week, State Senator Hugh Farley (R – Schenectady) announced that he will not seek re-election this fall.  Farley, who was first elected in 1976, is the longest serving member of the State Senate.  Senator Farley has been a strong advocate for Upstate communities, and we thank him for his work and wish him well.

In January, Democrat Chad Putnam, who currently serves as Schenectady Deputy City Clerk, announced that he planned to challenge Farley. Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R- Glenville) is reportedly considering a run for the seat.

The 49th Senate District includes parts of Schenectady, Saratoga and Herkimer counties, and all of Fulton and Hamilton counties.

Assemblyman Will Not Challenge Long Time Senator

Assemblyman James Skoufis (D – Woodbury) announced that he will not challenge incumbent State Senator Bill Larkin (R – New Windsor) in November. Skoufis had been considering a run for the 39th Senate District, but he said last week that he has “decided it is simply not my time to run.”

Larkin, 88, was first elected to the Senate in 1990. Skoufis, 28, represents the 99th Assembly district, and he will run for re-election to that seat.

Congressman Will Not Run for Governor in 2018

On Monday, Congressman Chris Gibson (R – Kinderhook) announced that will not run for Governor in 2018. He will instead leave politics, and take a teaching position as a visiting lecturer on leadership at Williams College