Two New York State Assembly members held their seats while a long-serving member was in jeopardy of being ousted Tuesday night in The Daily Star’s coverage area. Democrats have a wide majority in the 150-seat Assembly.
In the 121st district, Republican John Salka recorded 21,610 votes in his third bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Bill Magee, who tallied 20,700 votes after 92 of 95 precincts reported.
Salka has said he will bring more energy to the job than the 79-year-old Magee. A respiratory therapist and school board member in Brookfield, Salka told The Daily Star he would like to see more vocational technical training done in the state and wants certain regulations rolled back to improve the environment for business.
Magee is now in his 14th term and is the chairman of the Assembly Committee on Agriculture.
In the 101st district, Republican incumbent Brian Miller totaled 24,562 votes to Democrat Chad McEvoy’s 17387 votes.
“Mr. McEvoy was a good opponent,” Miller said. Among his priorities moving forward are infrastructure investment and an alternative path to graduation for middle skill jobs because “those are the jobs industries are looking for right now in upstate New York. The trades are what we’re lacking up here.”
Miller, of New Hartford, ran to replace Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, upon her election to Congress in 2016 and has served the 101st district since January 2017. He has voted in line with many other Republicans in the Assembly, including against extreme-risk protection orders that would allow district attorneys and school employees to petition a judge to remove guns from people who are thought to be a risk to themselves or others. He supports a measure that would allow New York City to keep the SAFE Act, but would repeal it for upstate New York.
Miller serves on the Assembly committees on Environmental Conservation, Local Governments, Real Property Taxation and Social Services. He is a former supervisor for the town of Bridgewater and Oneida County legislator. Miller is a sponsor of the Public Officers Accountability Act that would impose term limits and increase protections against corruption
In the 102nd district, Republican Chris Tague tallied 28,053 votes to Democrat Aidan O’Connor Jr.’s 20,858. Tague was seated in May after a special election in the 102nd District, which encompasses Greene and Schoharie counties and parts of Albany, Ulster, Delaware and Otsego counties, following the resignation of Peter Lopez, who was appointed regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Tague said that in his brief time in office he has voted against any proposals that could increase taxes or fees. He said that he supports term limits for elected officials, and that his top priority next session would be an ethics reform package that includes transparency and accountability measures for the state’s economic development programs.
Tague also said he has met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to bring attention to problems facing dairy and produce farms. He said he asked Perdue to advocate for Congress to put whole milk back into school lunch programs and encourage the federal Food and Drug Administration to forbid soy and almond drinks from being labeled as milk.
Erin Jerome, staff writer, may be reached at (607) 441-7221, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @DS_ErinJ .