Se­nate Can­di­dates On Dis­play

Spots Go­ing Fast For Oc­to­ber 27th Break­fast

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - CHAMBER NEWS -

Elec­tion Day will be a mere 12 days away when the Cham­ber holds its Oct. 27 break­fast fea­tur­ing eight can­di­dates for the state Se­nate.

“Ul­ster County is unique in that we have four state Se­nate dis­tricts,” said Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Ward Todd. “All eight can­di­dates for those four of­fices have been in­vited to our break­fast and the is­sues they will talk about are ex­tremely im­por­tant to lo­cal busi­nesses.”

The break­fast, spon­sored by Hudson Val­ley Fed­eral Credit Union, is sched­uled for 7:30-9 a.m. at the Best Western Plus in Kingston.

Todd said the for­mat would be the same as past years with open­ing state­ments, writ­ten ques­tions from the busi­ness com­mu­nity and then clos­ing re­marks.

The fol­low­ing can­di­dates were in­vited to the break­fast: 46th Se­nate Dis­trict First-term in­cum­bent Sen. Ge­orge Ame­dore, R-Rot­ter­dam, faces a challenge from Demo­crat Sara Nic­coli in this race.

Ame­dore was elected to the Assem­bly in 2007 and is vice pres­i­dent of Ame­dore Homes, a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily busi­ness.

Nic­coli is su­per­vi­sor in the Mont­gomery County town of Pala­tine and a fam­ily farmer. She is the for­mer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the La­bor-Re­li­gion Coali­tion of New York State.

The 46th Se­nate Dis­trict in­cludes the city of Kingston and towns of Eso­pus, Hurley, Kingston, Lloyd, Mar­ble­town, Sauger­ties, Ul­ster and Wood­stock in Ul­ster County. 39th Se­nate Dis­trict This race pits long­time in­cum­bent Sen. William Larkin, R-Corn­wall, against Demo­crat Chris Eachus, a New Wind­sor res­i­dent and Orange County leg­is­la­tor.

Larkin was first elected to the Se­nate in 1990 and is seek­ing a 14th two-year term. He served in the Assem­bly from 1979-1990 af­ter 23 years of ac­tive mil­i­tary ser­vice.

Eachus is a for­mer physics, as­tron­omy and Earth sci­ence teacher at Marl­boro High School and New­burgh Free Academy who lost to Larkin in 2012. He has been a county leg­is­la­tor since 2006.

The 39th Se­nate Dis­trict, which en­com­passes mostly Orange and Rock­land coun­ties, in­cludes the towns of Plat­tekill and Marl­bor­ough in Ul­ster County. 42nd Se­nate Dis­trict In­cum­bent Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, is fac­ing off against Demo­cratic en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist Pramilla Mal­ick of Min­isink in this race.

Bonacic, a for­mer ma­jor­ity leader and chair­man of the Orange County Leg­is­la­ture, was first elected to the state Se­nate in 1998. He was a mem­ber of the state Assem­bly from 1990-1998.

Mal­ick won an op­por­tu­nity to bal­lot elec­tion in Septem­ber. A mother of four, her cam­paign web­site said she got in­volved in pol­i­tics to

op­pose the con­struc­tion of a com­pres­sor sta­tion near her home and has since fought against frack­ing.

The 42nd Se­nate Dis­trict in­cludes the towns of Den­ning, Gar­diner, New Paltz, Rosendale, Shawan­gunk and Wawars­ing in Ul­ster County.

51st Se­nate Dis­trict

In­cum­bent Sen. James Se­ward, R-Oneonta, faces Demo­cratic chal­lenger Jer­maine Bag­nall-Graham of Shel­burne in this race.

Se­ward was elected to the Se­nate in 1986. He is a for­mer Mil­ford town jus­tice and for­mer chair­man of the Ot­sego County Repub­li­can Com­mit­tee.

Bag­nall-Graham, a U.S. Army vet­eran, works as an IT an­a­lyst for Bas­sett Health­care Net­work. He earned a mas­ter’s in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion from Bing­ham­ton Univer­sity and served a grad­u­ate in­tern­ship with the city of Nor­wich.

The 51st Se­nate Dis­trict Se­ward rep­re­sents in­cludes the Ul­ster County towns of Rochester, Olive, Shan­daken

and Har­den­burgh.

Cham­ber break­fast pro­grams are a great way to net­work with other lo­cal busi­ness lead­ers and stay on top of cur­rent events. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is strongly en­cour­aged. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, call the Cham­ber at (845) 338-5100 or go on­line at www.ul­ster­cham­

Chris Eachus D - 39th Se­nate Dis­trict

John Bonacic R - 42nd Se­nate Dis­trict

James Se­ward R - 51st Se­nate Dis­trict

Pramilla Mal­ick D - 42nd Se­nate Dis­trict

Sara Nic­coli D - 46th Se­nate Dis­trict

William Larkin R - 39th Se­nate Dis­trict

Ge­orge Ame­dore R - 46th Se­nate Dis­trict

Jer­maine Bag­nall-Graham D - 51st Se­nate Dis­trict

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