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Tonko wins to succeed McNulty

Congressman elect Paul Tonko is congratulated by Schenectady County Legislature chairwoman Susan Savage after it was announced he was the winner Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Congressman elect Paul Tonko is congratulated by Schenectady County Legislature chairwoman Susan Savage after it was announced he was the winner Tuesday.
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Democrat Paul Tonko reached a new milestone in his 30-year political career Tuesday night with a decisive victory in the 21st Congressional District race. The Amsterdam native outpolled Republican James Buhrmaster by nearly 16,000 votes — 44,814 to 29,218 in unofficial results. He will succeed U.S. Rep. Michael McNulty, D-Green Island, who is retiring Jan. 1 from the seat he held for 20 years. Sam Stratton, D-Schenectady, held the seat for 30 years before McNulty, ...

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