Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) was unanimously re-elected this afternoon by his colleagues to serve as their Leader for another two-year term.
"To once again receive the unanimous support of my colleagues is, without question, an honor. I appreciate the confidence and trust they continue to place in me. Having the privilege to serve as their Leader - and advance the policies and principles of our Conference - is a responsibility that I take very seriously," Tedisco said.
Tedisco was first elected to serve as Leader of the Assembly Minority Conference in November of 2005 and was unanimously re-elected by his colleagues in the fall of 2006. Tedisco is the only Legislative Leader who hails from Upstate and represents the 110th Assembly District, which encompasses parts of Schenectady and Saratoga counties.
Under Tedisco's leadership, the Assembly Minority Conference was instrumental in advancing legislation that would enact a real property tax cap to provide relief for New York's overtaxed homeowners.
Tedisco and the Assembly Minority Conference garnered national media attention in opposing, and ultimately stopping, former Governor Eliot Spitzer's unlawful plan to give illegal aliens driver's licenses. Tedisco also led the effort to seek Spitzer's resignation after it was revealed he had frequented a prostitution ring and violated his oath of office.
"On becoming Leader of our Assembly Minority Conference, I expressed my belief that we had the hardest-working, brightest and most dedicated Members in the State Legislature. Having had the opportunity to continue working with my colleagues, I know this to be true. The men and women who have made our Conference such a success are the reasons why, going forward, we can continue our efforts toward transforming our state by increasing opportunities and prosperity for all New Yorkers," Tedisco stated.
"As New York faces unprecedented fiscal challenges, I am confident that our Conference will continue working for more jobs, lower taxes and true fiscal responsibility. We have been fighting the good fight, leading on critical issues such as the real property tax cap, and rebuilding our economy. This past year was both historic and unprecedented. We will continue standing up and speaking out for these principles and our agenda that improves the quality of life for the nearly five million New Yorkers our Conference collectively represents," Tedisco concluded.