|New York State Senate District 46|
|January 1, 2013 - Present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Per diem||$172/full day; $61/half day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
The New York Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of three seats, which amounts to 4.8 percent of the chamber. In 2012, a total of nine districts were competitive or mildly competitive. There were eight districts where the margin of victory was 5 percent or less in the 2012 elections.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Tkaczyk served on the following committees:
|New York Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Children and Families|
|• Environmental Conservation|
|• Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities|
Tkaczyk's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
Albany’s Crushing Tax Burden
- Excerpt: "Senator Tkaczyk has fought against all attempts to increase state taxes, and has worked to ensure there are no new fees or toll increases which would hurt families in our communities."
- Excerpt: "Over the last two years Cece has pushed reforms to save the state money and avoid further tax increases. By reforming state bureaucracies, supporting additional governmental consolidation, the Senator is working to make sure our communities get our fair share of state dollars."
Quality Education for All
- Excerpt: "As a Senator she has been a vocal advocate for students and taxpayers. The Senator has fought to ensure our rural and small city schools receive the state funding and mandate relief we need to alleviate the burden on local property owners without sacrificing the quality of our children’s education."
A Commitment to New York’s Agriculture
- Excerpt: "As a third generation family farmer, Cecilia Tkaczyk understands what farms and small businesses need to thrive – lower taxes and access to financial capital. Cecilia supports increasing property tax breaks for rural farms, because those resources would be better spent investing in our future, and Cecilia will make sure that the state invests more in the small business revolving loan fund so small businesses and farmers can put more New Yorkers back to work."
Equality for Women
- Excerpt: "Senator Tkaczyk is a strong supporter of legislation that would guarantee equal pay for women, and codify a woman’s constitutional rights to make her own reproductive health decisions. As a co-sponsor of the Reproductive Health Act."
- Excerpt: "Achieving equal pay for equal work and raising the minimum wage are not just the right things to do, they are the right things to stimulate economic growth and prosperity."
- Excerpt: "Cece will not let the Thruway balance its books on the backs of hard working residents of the 46th Senate District. Cecilia will keep tolls from increasing and will focus on fighting inefficiency and irresponsible planning to achieve the savings needed to maintain our infrastructure."
Tkaczyk supports tax credits for small businesses, increasing loan programs for farmers, and increasing the minimum wage to $8.50.
- See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014
The New York State Senate was a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The New York Senate had a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of three seats, or 4.8 percent of the chamber. District 46 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia and WAMC Northeast Public Radio as a battleground district that could determine control of the New York State Senate. In this district, incumbent Cecilia Tkaczyk (D) was defeated by former state senator George Amedore (R) in a rematch of 2012. In 2012, the official results deemed Amedore the winner, but county election officials opened 91 new ballots in January 2013 which eventually gave Tkaczyk an 18 vote lead.
- See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012
Tkaczyk ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 46. She defeated Monica M. Arias Miranda and Thomas E. Dolan in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012; she also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Tkaczyk defeated incumbent George Amedore (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
The 46th District was newly drawn, and seemed initially to favor incumbent Amedore. However, the race was close, as outside PACs poured money into the district supporting Tkaczyk. Although the official results shown below deemed Amedore the winner, county election officials opened 91 new ballots in January 2013 which eventually gave Tkaczyk an 18 vote lead. Amedore, who had been officially sworn into the Senate just days before, became the shortest tenured Senator in modern history.
|New York State Senate, District 46, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Cecilia F. Tkaczyk||50%||63,213|
|New York State Senate, District 46 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Monica Arias Miranda||14.7%||961|
Comprehensive donor information for Cecilia Tkaczyk is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cecilia Tkaczyk raised a total of $290,876 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 23, 2013.
|Cecilia Tkaczyk's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||New York State Senate, District 46||$290,876|
|Grand Total Raised||$290,876|
2012Cecilia Tkaczyk won election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cecilia Tkaczyk raised a total of $290,876.
|New York State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Cecilia Tkaczyk's campaign in 2012|
|No Bad Apples||$16,800|
|Friends of Liz Krueger||$16,800|
|Communications Workers District 1||$15,300|
|Total Raised in 2012||$290,876|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In 2013, the 200th New York State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 9 to December 31. In 2014, the 200th New York State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 8 to June 19, 2014. The legislature will be in recess from June 22 to January 6, 2015.
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
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- Campaign contributions via Follow the Money
- Cecilia Tkaczyk's campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 7, 2014
- Recordonline.com, "Candidates for new NY Senate District 46 differ on fracking," accessed October 30, 2012
- New York Board of Elections, "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
- New York Board of Elections, "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
- New York Board of Elections, "NYS Board of Elections Senate Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
- WAMC.org, "Senate 46th: Amedore, Tkaczyk Debate In Kingston," accessed September 26, 2014
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List, accessed August 9, 2012
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
- State of New York, State Board of Elections, "Official Senate Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
- Timesunion.com, "It's Tkaczyk by just 18 votes," accessed January 21, 2013
- followthemoney.org, "Tkaczyk, Cecilia," accessed September 23, 2013
- State Scape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 16, 2014
Neil Breslin (D)
|New York State Senate District 46
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