Tedisco, Murphy face off for Congressional vacancy

By Brian Sweeney
Assembly Republican Minority Leader James Tedisco and Democrat Scott Murphy will face off on Tuesday, March 31 as voters in New York’s 20th Congressional District elect a representative to replace Kirsten Gillibrand.
Gillibrand, who was elected to her second term last fall, was recently named to replace U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, after the latter was appointed Secretary of State. Tedisco and Murphy emerged a their parties’ top candidates to succeed Rep. Gillibrand.
All polling sites in the 20th Congressional District will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The 20th Congressional District of New York includes all or parts of Columbia, Dutchess, Delaware, Essex, Greene, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. It includes the cities of Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs.
Tedisco, 58, represents District 110 in the New York State Assembly, which consists of portions of the city of Schenectady, the city of Saratoga Springs, Ballston, Galway, Milton and Glenville.
He was first elected in 1982 to replace retiring Assemblyman Clark Wemple. Since then, Tedisco has served as Minority Leader within the Assembly since November 2005.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Tedisco served as a member of the Schenectady City Council. From 1973 to 1982, Tedisco worked as a guidance counselor, varsity basketball coach, and athletic director at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady. He later served as a special education teacher and resource room instructor at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar.
Tedisco holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Union College in Schenectady and a graduate degree in special education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany.
Scott Murphy, 39, has been involved in several successful careers.
After graduating from Harvard, Murphy became a high-tech entrepreneur, founding Small World Software, which was later sold to iXL. He’s built several companies and helped create more than 1,000 jobs.
Scott believes that “strong families form the cornerstone of strong communities.”
A native of Missouri, Murphy recalls that his parents worked hard and sacrificed to give their kids better opportunities. The candidate said he’s committed to helping others in this same manner.
Murphy feels he’s been blessed to live the American dream and that experience is what has motivated him to run for Congress.
Murphy has political experience, having worked as an aide to two Democratic governors, Mel Carnahan and Roger Wilson, serving as the deputy chief of staff to Governor Roger Wilson of Missouri.
For the last eight years, Murphy has worked for Advantage Capital Partners. Advantage helps other businesses grow and create jobs for their local communities. His job is “to help these companies grow, expand, and most of all create and protect good-paying jobs here at home.”
Scott and his wife live in Glens Falls with their three children.