Republican enters race for Amedore’s Senate seat

A retired state trooper has declared his candidacy for the state Senate seat that Republican George Amedore is vacating in a sprawling district that takes in a chunk of Ulster County.

Richard Amedure issued a campaign announcement on Friday that touted his experience as a trooper, veteran, small farmer and member of the Planning Board in Rensselaerville, a town of 1,800 in Albany County. He zeroed in on the controversy over state bail reforms enacted last year that have fueled a backlash and may be amended during this legislative session.

“Our state government has lost focus on what is most important,” he said. “Instead of focusing on public safety, they’ve passed dangerous bail reform laws that leave our communities vulnerable. Instead of supporting small businesses and local communities, they’ve pushed an agenda more suited to the values and lifestyles of New York City politicians. I’m running for Senate because we deserve better.”

Two Democrats, Michelle Hinchey and Gary Greenberg, already are campaigning for the five-county 46th Senate District, which includes the City of Kingston and eight towns in Ulster County and has an almost 17,000-voter Democratic enrollment edge. Amedore has represented the district since 2015 and is not seeking a fourth term.

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