Betty Little (R-Queensbury) is running unopposed for the state’s new 45th Senate District this fall and is seeking a sixth term.
Prior to being elected senator in 2002 for Ronald Stafford’s old seat, Little served in the New York State Assembly for seven years.
Unlike many members of the Senate and Assembly, Little won’t have to change the number of her district this coming year. It remains the 45th; however, it was redrawn for the 2012 election cycle and now omits Hamilton County while keeping Warren, Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties. The new district boundary also includes the towns of Lawrence, Parishville, Hopkinton, Piercefield, Colton and Clare in St. Lawrence county and all of Washington County except the towns of Easton and Cambridge.
Little serves as chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee. In addition, she is a member of the following Senate committees: Civil Service and Pensions; Consumer Protection; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Environmental Conservation; Judiciary; and Local Government. In January 2011, she was selected by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to serve in a leadership position as Deputy Majority Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs and was appointed to the powerful Senate Finance Committee.
She is also Secretary of the New York State Legislative Sportsperson's Caucus, a member of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission and serves on the New York State Commission on the Restoration of the Capitol.
Election Day is Nov. 6.