Se­nate de­bate fo­cuses on cor­rup­tion, Trump

Ame­dore, Nic­coli face off two weeks be­fore elec­tion for state’s 46th Dis­trict seat

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

Al­bany’s “cesspool of cor­rup­tion” and the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign took cen­ter stage in a de­bate be­tween state Sen. Ge­orge Ame­dore and Demo­cratic chal­lenger Sara Nic­coli just two weeks be­fore Elec­tion Day.

Speak­ing Tues­day even­ing dur­ing the event at the town of Guilderland li­brary in Al­bany County, Ame­dore, R-Rot­ter­dam, called for term lim­its and pub­lic pen­sion for­fei­ture to clean up Al­bany cor­rup­tion, but Nic­coli, D-Fort Plain, pointed a finger of blame at him and said cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions are the true prob­lem.

“Ge­orge Ame­dore’s first job is his real es­tate de­vel­op­ment firm, and it is no won­der that mil­lions and mil­lions of dol­lars from the real es­tate in­dus­try has been in­vested in his cam­paign,” Nic­coli said.

She went fur­ther in her clos­ing state­ment, ac­cus­ing Ame­dore of be­ing in lock step with GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump.

“Don­ald Trump has been very out­spo­ken, in­cred­i­bly in­ap­pro­pri­ate and of­fen­sive, but when it comes down to it, and I think that it is very im­por­tant, the poli­cies that Don­ald Trump sup­ports are the same as the poli­cies that Ge­orge Ame­dore sup­ports,” she said as she was drowned out by both jeers and ap­plause from the packed house.

“By block­ing the re­pro­duc­tive health act, Ge­orge Ame­dore demon­strated lock-step al­le­giance to the val­ues of Don­ald Trump,” Nic­coli said af­ter the crowd qui­eted. “By deny­ing that

hu­mans, that peo­ple and our be­hav­ior have any­thing to do with cli­mate change, Ge­orge Ame­dore shows that he is lock step in line with Don­ald Trump.”

Ame­dore didn’t get a chance to re­spond be­cause un­der the rules, the de­bate ended with her com­ments.

“I think it’s a des­per­ate move and kind of sour grapes, no ques­tion,” Ame­dore said af­ter­ward. “This is an im­por­tant elec­tion year, and vot­ers will de­cide who they want for their pres­i­dency all the way down to lo­cal elec­tions.”

The 46th Se­nate Dis­trict de­bate, spon­sored by the League of Women Vot­ers, was the only one so far in the Ame­dore-Nic­coli race. They next event in which

the two are to par­tic­i­pate is a can­di­dates’ fo­rum dur­ing the Ul­ster County Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce’s monthly break­fast meet­ing on Thurs­day. That event, which also will fea­ture can­di­dates in other state Leg­is­la­ture races, is sched­uled for 7:30 a.m. at the Best Western Plus ho­tel, 503 Wash­ing­ton Ave., Kingston.

On Tues­day, Ame­dore and Nic­coli two found com­mon ground crit­i­ciz­ing Gov. An­drew Cuomo’s SAFE Act gun-con­trol law but oth­er­wise of­fered op­pos­ing views on abor­tion rights, ed­u­ca­tion tax cred­its and giv­ing con­victed felons the right to vote.

Ame­dore, 47, comes from a fam­ily of suc­cess­ful

build­ing con­trac­tors in the Al­bany area. This is his third cam­paign for the Se­nate. He lost his first race to Demo­crat Ce­cilia Tkaczyk in 2012, then de­feated her in 2014.

Nic­coli, 39, is a town su­per­vi­sor in Mont­gomery County who has spent her ca­reer work­ing in the non­profit sec­tor. She is direc­tor of the La­bor-Re­li­gion Coali­tion of New York State, a union ad­vo­cacy group.

The 46th Se­nate Dis­trict in­cludes all of Mont­gomery and Greene coun­ties; parts of Sch­enec­tady and Al­bany coun­ties; and the Ul­ster County city of Kingston and towns of Saugerties, Wood­stock, Hur­ley, Kingston, Ul­ster, Mar­ble­town, Eso­pus and Lloyd.

State Sen. Ge­orge Ame­dore, left, is be­ing chal­lenged in his re-elec­tion bid by Sara Nic­coli.

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