Santabarbara wins fourth term in 111th Assembly District

Enterprise file photo — Michael Koff

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara is seen here with his son, Michael, who is on the autism spectrum. Santabarbara, who has become an advocate for people with autism, handily won re-election.

Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara will continue to represent the 111th Assembly District for a fourth term after winning 53 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

Santabarbara’s opponent, Schenectady County Legislator Brian McGarry, a Republican, won 45 percent of the vote.

The 111th Assembly District was created in 2012, and is comprised of Montgomery County, most of Schenectady County, and the towns of Berne and Knox in Albany County. Santabarbara, an engineer, first ran and won the election to represent the district after its creation, and has fought off Republican opponents ever since.

Santabarbara gained 20,814 of the 39,366 votes in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results from the New York State Board of Elections. McGarry garnered 17,796 votes. In the mostly Democratic section of the district in Albany County, the vote was nearly evenly split, with 1,270 for McGarry and 1,233 for Santabarbara.

Santabarbara could not be reached for comment before press time, but said in a statement he was “honored and humbled to have this opportunity to continue serving in the The People’s House.”

His victory coincides with reports of new Democratic wins in the Assembly and enough Democratic victories to gain control of the state Senate.

McGarry said he had conceded in the race and had called to congratulate his opponent earlier but could not reach him. McGarry said he understood that “the people have spoken,” and it “wasn’t God’s plan,” but said he was sad for those who had put in the effort to help his campaign.

“I had a lot of support from a lot of people,” he said.

McGarry said he intends to continue serving in the county legislature and will run for re-election for his current post next year.

“The fight goes on, I guess,” he said.

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