Senator Bob Antonacci ready to take on the 50th district
DEWITT, N.Y. —
Election night on November 6 was a changing of the guard in the 50th Senate district and in Central New York politics.
"John DeFrancisco was an honorable man, he's a gentleman,” said Senator Bob Antonacci.
Antonacci will serve the district that has be left open by the retirement of Senator John DeFrancisco after more than 20 years in office.
At the Town of Dewitt meeting on November 26, Antonacci introduced himself.
Antonacci knows he is the new guys and has big shoes to fill after DeFrancisco’s retirement.
CNY Central asked him how does he feel about being the minority as the democrats take over the Senate.
“Obviously it's not my first choice, but as the county controller I've always had an attitude of I have to convince people I have to sell my product and work hard,” Antonacci said.
"It's going to be different to work across party lines down in Albany because it's very polarizing at times,” Antonacci said.
Antonacci does understand when it comes to being a new senator, he'll have less to work with and less clout than his predecessor.
"I plan on working with everybody, you know you don't necessarily have to get the credit you just need to do the job and move the community forward,” Antonacci said.
Pushing the agenda forward will be difficult and is not easy in Albany, especially when you’re the new senator in office.
Antonacci’s focus is listening to the people in the 50th district in Central New York.
"I'm going to work very hard. I’m going to let them know what I believe is the right way to go and Im going to do the best I can to push forward."
Antonacci says he will ask Senator DeFrancisco for advice.
After Antonacci won the election, he was humbled to get the endorsement of the senator during the campaign.
During the meeting in Dewitt he talked about main issues like Interstate 81 and how it is important for all of Central New York.