by Carol Thompson
Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder kicked off her campaign for the 48th District Senate seat before a large crowd Thursday evening.
Oswego was the final stop on her three-county trek to officially declare her candidacy.
Tresidder drew a crowd of her fellow local Democrats, members of the public, business owners and even some Republicans to the event. She was introduced by Oswego County Legislature Minority Leader Mike Kunzwiler.
“Working with Amy has been an honor and a privilege,” he said. “Amy has been such an asset not only to the caucus, but to the entire legislature. Why? Because Amy is not afraid to ask the question, she’s not afraid to find the information to make a good, smart decision. Unfortunately, in Albany, you don’t see that a lot. Unfortunately, people put politics before their constituents. I have never seen that from Amy from day one.”
Kunzwiler added that Tresidder has taught him to be a better legislator.
Former Oswego Mayor Randy Bateman also spoke.
“Her constituents always speak highly of her and I know Amy’s going to go down and help dissolve the dysfunction in Albany,” Bateman said. “We need somebody who has common sense and is going to do the right thing for the average person, not the big corporations, not the lobbyists, but the average working person.”
Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen spoke on Tresidder’s behalf as well.
“Amy is not a ‘politician,’ she is a genuine human being,” he said. “What you’re going to get with Amy is a decent hard-working person who understands the problems we deal with and will represent us as well as she can.”
Tresidder, a native of St. Lawrence County, said she was overwhelmed by the number of people in attendance.
“I am thrilled,” she said, adding that her candidacy is about the people. “We are in this together. We are going to do this together.”
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