Cecilia Tkaczyk

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Cecilia Tkaczyk
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New York State Senate District 46
Former member
In office
January 1, 2013 - January 1, 2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Cecilia F. Tkaczyk is a former Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 46 from 2012 to January 1, 2015. She was defeated in the November 4, 2014, general election by George Amedore (R).
This candidate ran in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

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.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


Tkaczyk's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

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.[2]



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Cecilia Tkaczyk was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while George Amedore was unopposed in the Republican primary. Tkaczyk also ran on the Working Families Party and Green Party tickets. Amedore ran on the Conservative Party, SCC-Stop Common Core and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Tkaczyk was defeated by Amedore in the general election.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

New York State Senate District 46, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Amedore 54.6% 53,553
     Democratic Cecilia Tkaczyk Incumbent 42.8% 42,009
     None Blank 2.4% 2,401
     None Scattering 0.1% 108
     None Void 0.1% 82
Total Votes 98,153


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.[7][8][9]

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.[10]

New York State Senate, District 46, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCecilia F. Tkaczyk 50% 63,213
     Republican George Amedore 50% 63,195
Total Votes 126,408
New York State Senate, District 46 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCecilia Tkaczyk 51.7% 3,392
Thomas Dolan 33.6% 2,202
Monica Arias Miranda 14.7% 961
Total Votes 6,555

Campaign donors

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.[11]

Cecilia Tkaczyk's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New York State Senate, District 46 Won $290,876
Grand Total Raised $290,876


Cecilia Tkaczyk won election to the New York State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cecilia Tkaczyk raised a total of $290,876.


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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.[12]

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Preceded by
Neil Breslin (D)
New York State Senate District 46
2013-January 1, 2015
Succeeded by
George Amedore (R)