|Name||James N. Tedisco|
Schenectady, New York , United States
|| July 15, 1950
|Last Modifed||Christie-Toomey '16|
Mar 26, 2009 01:11pm
Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Life - Catholic -
|Info||James Nicholas Tedisco was born on July 15, 1950. A lifelong resident of Schenectady County, he graduated from Bishop Gibbons High School in 1968. He received a graduate degree in Special Education from the College of Saint Rose, following his undergraduate studies in psychology at Union College. |
At Union College, Mr. Tedisco received numerous athletic awards for his talent on the basketball court, as well as other collegiate and civic awards for academics, character, community service and conduct.
Mr. Tedisco was elected to the Assembly in the 1982 General Election. In his first year as Assemblyman, he was appointed the Ranking member on the Committee on Children and Families. He also served on the Assembly Committees on Aging and Education, as well as the Assembly Subcommittee on Child Abuse.
In 1983, as a result of his work on behalf of missing children, Assemblyman Tedisco was appointed Chairman of the Assembly Minority Conference Task Force on Missing Children. In 1987, Assemblyman Tedisco was the only Assembly Minority legislator appointed to the Joint Legislative Task Force on Academics and Athletes. In 1989, Assemblyman Tedisco was appointed a member to the Subcommittee on Outreach and Oversight of Senior Citizen Programs; the Assembly Minority Task Force on the Hospital Crisis in New York State; and the Assembly Task Force on Hospice Services for Children.
Because of his concern and commitment to revitalizing the economic base of New York and small cities such as Schenectady, Assemblyman Tedisco was appointed co-chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force on Enterprise Zones. In addition, he was appointed to the Minority Leader's Task Force on Economic Growth. In 1994, Assemblyman Tedisco was appointed Ranking Minority member on the Assembly Cities Committee. He was also appointed to the Assembly Committees on Banks and Local Governments. In 1995, Assemblyman Tedisco was appointed vice-chairman of the Assembly Minority Conference, and a member of the Assembly Rules Committee. In 1996, Assemblyman Tedisco was appointed to serve on the Ways and Means Committee. In 1999, Mr. Tedisco was appointed chairman of the Assembly Minority Program Committee, and in 2002, he was elevated to the position of Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore.
Prior to his election to the Assembly, Tedisco served as a Schenectady City Councilman from 1977-1982. His election in 1977, at age 27, gave him, at that time, the distinction of being the youngest City Councilman in Schenectady's history. Assemblyman Tedisco worked in the field of education from 1973 to 1982, first as guidance counselor, varsity basketball coach and athletic director at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, then as special education teacher, resource room instructor, and varsity basketball coach at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar.
Assemblyman Tedisco is a member of Sons of Italy, Schenectady Lodge 321; Ballston Spa N.Y. Elks Lodge No. 2619; Schenectady Rotary Club; Union College Alumni Association and Friends of Union Athletics; Schenectady Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and Friends of the Schenectady Museum.