Canestrari on retirement and hopes for the Assembly
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The Assembly chamber is made up of 150 members, so it’s not surprising to see a new makeup of legislators every two years. But in 2013, many faces that have grown familiar to Capitol followers will be gone, just not by an election defeat. Several members on both sides of the aisle have announced they will not seek re-election in 2012, including Republicans Joel Miller (Poughkeepsie) and Teresa Sayward (Willsboro), along with Democrats Bob Reilly (Colonie) and Jack McEneny (Albany). The announcement of another retirement came the week of April 9th, as Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari (Cohoes) is calling it quits at the end of the 2012. The Capital Region native has served for 24 years and has been Speaker Sheldon Silver’s right hand man for the last five years. Watch the preview clip of our interview above above. For the full story, click here (segment begins at 03:51).