Queensbury town Supervisor Dan Stec has won the Assembly seat held by Teresa Sayward since 2002.
In an interview with the Enterprise Tuesday night, Stec, the Republican who chairs the Warren County Board of Supervisors, declared victory over his Democratic opponent, Glens Falls lawyer Dennis Tarantino.
"First and foremost, I'm just humbled by all of the support that I've received over these past eight months," Stec said. "We're tremendously grateful to the voters of the 114th District for their faith that they put in me in the polls today.
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"I'm looking forward to working with my new legislative colleagues, especially (state) Sen. Betty Little. ... Obviously, there's a lot of work to be done to make our economy better."
The 114th District includes all of Essex and Warren counties, and parts of northern Washington and Saratoga counties. According to unofficial results from each county's board of elections, Stec went four-for-four. The tally, as of this morning, had him beating Tarantino by a 56 to 44 percent margin.
Stec said he wants to get to work quickly in 2013 to lower taxes and provide local governments with mandate relief.
Stec said Tarantino called him to congratulate him on his victory.
"He wished me well and said that he thought I would do a good job in Albany," Stec said.
Tarantino couldn't be reached for comment this morning.
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