State Senate candidates in 46th district campaign for last minute votes

Posted at: 11/05/2012 11:08 PM
Updated at: 11/06/2012 11:16 AM
By: Dan Bazile

GUILDERLAND -- The calls went out as fast as campaign volunteers could dial the numbers. It's part of their effort to pick up every last minute vote in the 46th State Senate district.

"We have volunteer efforts calling and reminding people that tomorrow is the big day," Cecilia Tkaczyk said.

"Tremendous amount of volunteers in going out there, meeting voters and talking to voters. We're doing great," said George Amedore.

Amedore and Tkaczyk are battling it out to represent the newly created senate district that covers Greene and Montgomery Counties and parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties. Tkaczyk, the Democrat, is a mom, owns a small farm, and she's the vice president of the Duanesburg School Board. Amedore, the Republican, is a dad, a local home builder and a member of the State Assembly. The last Siena Research Institute poll had him leading by three points. Tkaczyk said she's not surprised it's that close.

"It reflected what I'm hearing in the field," Tkaczyk said. "People want to send a serious candidate to the Senate who's going to represent their issues."

After months of campaigning and hours before people go to the polls, the candidates aren't taking anything for granted. They're both pretty confident their get out the vote efforts will give them the edge come Tuesday night. Tkaczyk got on the horn herself to make a personal plea to voters about helping small businesses, farms, women's issues and the environment. Amedore held a forum by telephone to spread his message, touting his experience in the private sector.

"They want a representative who understands how to create jobs," Amedore said. "They want a representative who understands that the taxes, property taxes are too high, too burdensome."