Democratic Senate hopeful Cecilia Tkaczyk today announced the endorsements from Democratic Reps. Maurice Hinchey and Paul Tonko, while her GOP opponent George Amedore scored the backing of several pro-business organizations.

“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsements from these incredible public servants, Congressmen Maurice Hinchey and Paul Tonko,” Tkaczyk said in a statement. “Both Maurice and Paul have spent their careers serving others and working to ensure our region, and all of New York State, has a brighter future to look forward to. For the 46th Senate District, and all of Upstate, to grow and prosper families need to have good paying, sustainable jobs. We need to cut unfunded mandates and provide our schools with the tools they need to train the next generation of New Yorkers for the jobs of tomorrow. I look forward to bringing my experience and dedication to the State Senate to rebuild Upstate New York, and I thank Congressmen Hinchey and Tonko for their support.”

Hinchey, whose district is actually disappearing after the redistricting process, does currently represent a chunk of the area that Tkaczyk wants to lead in the state Senate (Ironically, this Senate district was created in the state legislative redistricting process. A federal magistrate drew the federal lines).

Republican Assemblyman George Amedore, meanwhile, picked up the endorsements of the National Federation of Independent Business and the Business Council, two pro-business lobbying organizations.

“As a small business owner, George Amedore sees firsthand the need for growth and job creation in New York. He understands that to put New York on a path to economic recovery we need to lower taxes and lower the cost of doing business in this state. As a member of the Assembly, George has been a champion of pro-growth policies and will continue to focus on those policies when he is elected Senator,” said Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.