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Betting on the farm (with photo gallery)

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Delanson resident and state Sen. Cecilia Tkacyk gets ready to bottle-feed a lamb in a barn on her farm. She raises sheep with her husband, Eric, and son, Peter.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Delanson resident and state Sen. Cecilia Tkacyk gets ready to bottle-feed a lamb in a barn on her farm. She raises sheep with her husband, Eric, and son, Peter.
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State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk grew up on a dairy farm in New Jersey and over the past 25 years has managed her own sheep farm in Duanesburg. Since becoming senator of the state’s 46th district, which includes parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties and all of Greene and Montgomery, Tkaczyk has been juggling her two demanding roles. When she’s not at the Capitol, Tkaczyk might be found giving a bottle to newborn lambs, putting ...


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