On­line van­dals re­write Tedisco’s Wikipedia page

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Kyle Hughes NYSNYS News

AL­BANY >> Repub­li­can As­sem­bly­man and state Se­nate can­di­date Jim Tedisco’s Wikipedia page has been van­dal­ized by some peo­ple who ap­par­ently are not fans.

“James Ni­cholas Tedisco (born July 15, 1950) is a ca­reer politi­cian who has been on the pub­lic dole for more than three decades,” the re-edited en­try for the “Jim Tedisco” page read on Satur­day. “He has never been in the ma­jor­ity and has been con­sid­ered by many as a to­tal fail­ure.”

The orig­i­nal en­try said only that Tedisco “is an Amer­i­can politi­cian.”

The site’s logs show that the change was made shortly af­ter mid­night Thurs­day, from an IP ad­dress on Long Is­land. It was changed back the orig­i­nal word­ing on Satur­day.

Then it was once again re-edited to in­clude this de­scrip­tion: “He’s well-known for propos­ing ridicu­lous leg­is­la­tion on hot-but­ton is­sues such as pow­dered al­co­hol and clown cos­tumes.”

The change was made early Sun­day from an IP ad­dress in Loudonville, Al­bany County.

Tedisco, R-Glenville, ex­pressed dis­may Satur­day about the van­dal­ism. “Peo­ple can am­bush and they are not very con­cerned about the facts,” Tedisco said, cit­ing his cur­rent spon­sor­ship of a bill to term limit leg­is­la­tors to six two-year terms.

He said the van­dal­ism is the down­side of dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions and new tech­nolo­gies. “That’s a neg­a­tive as­pect of it and how you con­trol it, I don’t know.”

Tedisco, who was first elected to the As­sem­bly in 1982, is now run­ning for the Se­nate seat va­cated by Sen. Hugh Far­ley, R-Niskayuna. His op­po­nent is Chad Put­man, a Sch­enec­tady City Hall deputy clerk who is mak­ing his first run for elected of­fice.

They are run­ning in the 49th Se­nate district that goes from south of Long Lake, through the Adiron­dack wilder­ness ar­eas, down to the John­stown Glove rs ville, then east to Sch­enec­tady and the South­ern Saratoga County area.

Van­dal­ism to Wikipedia pages is noth­ing new, since any­one can edit them un­less spe­cial re­stric­tions are put into place to limit au­tho­rized edi­tors to a small group of vet­ted Wikipedia con­trib­u­tors.

The Bill and Hil­lary Clin­ton Wikipedia pages were also van­dal­ized this month, with an X-rated pic­ture and racist lan­guage. The page was quickly re­paired and sub­se­quently locked to pre­vent sim­i­lar at­tacks.

In Tedisco’s case, the wiki-van­dal tar­geted his long ca­reer as an elected of­fi­cial, Tedisco, who is 66, served on the Sch­enec­tady city coun­cil prior to run­ning for the Leg­is­la­ture 33 years ago.

The Leg­is­la­ture over­all is dead-set against term lim­its to pre­vent such long ca­reers, and the topic has be­come an is­sue in an As­sem­bly race in ad­join­ing district.

Repub­li­can Chris Bo­yark, R-Me­chan­icville, sent out a mailer this week­end promis­ing to “Clean Up Our Cor­rupt Capi­tol” and promis­ing sup­port for three is­sues.

The first was “Term lim­its, be­cause rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple should be a ser­vice not a racket.” The other two in­volved pen­sion for­fei­ture and long prisons for big-rig­ging on pub­lic con­tracts.

Bo­yark, a Saratoga County Repub­li­can com­mit­tee­man, is chal­leng­ing Assem­bly­woman Car­rie Wo­erner, D-Round Lake.

FILE PHOTO

State As­sem­bly­man James Tedisco speaks to reporters last May af­ter an­nounc­ing his can­di­dacy for the 49th Se­nate District seat.

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