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Phil Palmesano


New York State Assembly, District 132 (2019 - Present)

Member, Steuben County Republican Committee (1994 - Present)



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Philip Palmesano (Republican Party) is a member of the New York State Assembly, representing District 132. Palmesano assumed office in 2013. Palmesano's current term ends on December 31, 2020.

Palmesano ran for re-election to the New York State Assembly to represent District 132. Palmesano won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Palmesano previously represented District 136 in the Assembly from 2011 to 2013.

Palmesano earned his bachelor's degree in Social Science from St. Bonaventure University. His professional experience includes serving as an aide to former State Assemblymen Donald Davidsen, James Bacallesand former Congressman Randy Kuhl. Additionally, he worked as a district director for State Senator George H. Winner, Jr.. He was also elected to the Steuben County Legislature.



Palmesano also ran in the 2018 election as a Conservative Party, Independence Party, and Reform Party candidate.

General election
General election for New York State Assembly District 132

Incumbent Philip Palmesano (R) won election in the general election for New York State Assembly District 132 on November 6, 2018.

Philip Palmesano (R)
38,269 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
169 Votes

Total votes: 38,438
(100.00% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election

No Democratic candidates ran in the primary.

Republican primary election
Republican primary for New York State Assembly District 132

Incumbent Philip Palmesano advanced from the Republican primary for New York State Assembly District 132 on September 13, 2018.

Philip Palmesano (R)


Elections for the New York State Assembly took place in 2016. The primary election took place on September 13, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The filing deadline for major party candidates was July 14, 2016. The filing deadline for independent candidates was August 23, 2016.

Incumbent Philip Palmesano ran unopposed in the New York State Assembly District 132 general election.

New York State Assembly, District 132 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Philip Palmesano Incumbent (unopposed)
Source: New York Board of Elections

Incumbent Philip Palmesano ran unopposed in the New York State Assembly District 132 Republican primary.

New York State Assembly, District 132 Republican Primary, 2016

Party Candidate
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Philip Palmesano Incumbent (unopposed)
Palmesano also ran on the Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party tickets.


Elections for the New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Philip Palmesano was unopposed in the Republican primary. Palmesano also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Palmesano was unchallenged in the general election.


Palmesano ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 132. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. He was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.

New York State Assembly, District 132, General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Palmesano Incumbent 100% 39,580
Total Votes 39,580


Palmesano was uncontested in the September 14 Republican primary. Palmesano defeated Jason Jordan (Common Sense Party) in the general election on November 2.

New York State Assembly, District 136 2010

Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Philip Palmesano (C) 24,830
Jason Jordan (CS) 2,814

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $7.2 Million Project to Resurface State Route 14 and Enhance Gateway to Watkins Glen

Oct. 28

Governor Andrew M. Cuomotoday announced work has been completed on a $7.2 million project to resurface and improve State Route 14 from the Village of Watkins Glen to the Town of Reading in Schuyler County. The project eases travel and enhances safety along a vital connector that runs along the western side of Seneca Lake and provides access to the area's many popular destinations, including the Village of Watkins Glen. The paving and infrastructure improvements build upon a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award previously awarded to the village. "Watkins Glen is one of New York State's most popular destinations and these important investments will promote even more tourism and make it easier for residents and visitors alike to experience all that the village and surrounding area have to offer," Governor Cuomo said. "Whether they come to see NASCAR, take in the breathtaking scenery or explore the region's wine trails, visitors will not be disappointed." The project resurfaced 15.8 lane miles of road along State Route 14 from the Village of Reading to the Village of Watkins Glen, restoring a smooth riding surface and enhancing safety. The project also installed new sidewalks and traffic signals with accessible, pedestrian push buttons throughout the village. A gateway entrance to Watkins Glen was created on the northern end of the village that includes raised islands in the median that calm traffic and slow vehicles, enhancing safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. In coordination with funding from the DRI Initiative, the project also included installation of foundations for new decorative lighting along Main Street and preparations for a new welcome sign at the northern end of the village. To promote the village's auto racing history, pedestrian crosswalks were painted in a checkered flag pattern and historical information signs were placed along the original road course used for the first Watkins Glen Grand Prix race held in 1948. Colored paver blocks with embedded monuments commemorating race car drivers from Watkins Glen International races of the past were also placed along both sides of State Route 14. Additional improvements made as part of the project include new drinking fountains, pet drinking stations, and pedestrian destination markers. A tourist bus drop-off area was established at the harbor near Captain Bill's, which is popular for Seneca Lake cruises. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative grants include: -Year-Round Recreation Improvements at Clute Park - $2,017,428 (design is underway)-East 4th Street Improvements for Pedestrians and Cyclists, and Connection between Downtown and Clute Park - $1,034,565 (design to begin in near future)-Lafayette Park Upgrades Including New Lighting, Equipment, and Landscaping - $276,047 (design to begin in near future)-New Gateway and Wayfinding Signage - $644,875 (design to begin in near future)-Updates of Watkins Glen Performing Arts Center - $250,000-2016 grant for $1,091,500 to prepare regional strategic economic development plan (underway) and new Clute Park Bathhouse (design underway)-DRI funds ($1,500,000) paid for new lighting along Franklin Street (Rt. 14) tied to the NYSDOT road reconstruction. Located at the southwestern end of Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen is the home to the nationally known NASCAR race track, Watkins Glen International Speedway, which brings tens of thousands to the area each year. For those who prefer a calmer experience, Watkins Glen boasts one of the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks with campsites, picnic areas and hiking trails. State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, "Thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York continues to make critical investments in infrastructure that improve quality of life and fuel economic growth. Watkins Glen is a great place to walk around and take in the sites. This project will make it even easier for pedestrians to enjoy the village while at the same time enhancing pedestrian safety. Watkins Glen's downtown revitalization is in full gear and we are proud of the role we are playing to promote safety, travel and tourism, which in turn will keep the Southern Tier soaring for many years to come." Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "This Downtown Revitalization Project will offer tourism opportunities for Watkins Glen due to a great street work that includes new street traffic lighting as the first of many public works that will ease the travel in the region. Governor Cuomo's DRI program continues to be an economic engine for New York State to transform communities into modern hubs where residents, business and visitors can enjoy and prosper." Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "Increasing road safety and access to Watkins Glen and all that the surrounding region offers to visitors and businesses demonstrates how strategic investments in projects that improve New York State's infrastructure support our economic development efforts." Consistent with Governor Cuomo's Driver's First initiative, the project was planned to minimize impacts to traffic and the community. One lane of traffic in each direction was maintained on State Route 14 at most times with only limited instances of traffic being reduced to one lane controlled by flaggers. Additionally, some operations were conducted at night to minimize traffic impacts. To further prevent disruption to the community during peak summer tourist season, work was suspended in the downtown area from the end of June to just after Labor Day weekend in 2018. Senator Thomas O'Mara said, "From downtown revitalization to this significant investment in local infrastructure, the state's commitment to the short- and long-term future of Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, and the entire region remains strong." Assembly Member Phil Palmesano said, "We are glad to be here to help celebrate this outstanding enhancement and renovation of the village's local infrastructure. For pedestrians and motorists alike, this significant state investment is literally showing the way to a brighter and stronger future for Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, and the surrounding region." Schuyler County Administrator Timothy O'Hearn said, "We are thankful to Governor Cuomo and the NYS DOT for the tremendous continued investment in Watkins Glen and Schuyler County. This most recent project reinforces the strong partnership among the state and local governments and will further enhance the transformation that is occurring in the Village of Watkins Glen. We couldn't be happier with the final outcome and sincerely appreciate the detailed efforts to highlight and preserve our racing heritage as well as the numerous additional streetscape improvements that benefit our residents and visitors." Watkins Glen Mayor Luke Leszyk said, "These are some exciting times in Watkins Glen thanks to New York State. These projects have enhanced our downtown immensely. We have more foot traffic in our downtown now than we've ever had before." Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual's driver license. For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit, or the mobile site at Follow New York State DOT on Twitter: @NYSDOT and @NYSDOTHornell. Find us on Facebook at Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring Today's announcement complements "Southern Tier Soaring the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan - attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs.

Governor Cuomo Announces Transformational Projects for Penn Yan as Part of $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award

Aug. 8

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 15 transformational projects for Penn Yan as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. The strategic investments in Penn Yan highlight its historic mixed-use core, the Lake Street commercial corridor, a robust craft food and beverage industry, and the Keuka Marsh and Outlet in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The investments are part of the Governor's ongoing efforts to revitalize the upstate economy and create more opportunities for the Finger Lakes Region. "As part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Penn Yan will be able to grow their economy and elevate the quality of life for residents," Governor Cuomo said. "The tourism generated through their burgeoning craft food and beverage industry, local arts scene, and the beautiful Keuka Lake speaks to its incredible potential for greater economic opportunity." "The Village of Penn Yan has a charming downtown that is primed for growth thanks to strategic investment," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "The projects funded as part of our Downtown Revitalization Initiative will build upon Penn Yan's strengths as a centerpiece of the region's craft food and beverage industry, expand the availability of housing, and improve quality of life to create a brighter economic future for the Finger Lakes." Penn Yan was named a DRI Round 3 winner in October 2018. The Village of Penn Yan, a hub of business and recreational activity surrounded by bucolic farmland, leads the Finger Lakes Region in manufacturing job growth. Rich in history, the Village's downtown is comprised of lovely tree-lined streets, intact historic buildings, and beautiful landscaping. While so many other main streets have lost out to strip mall developments and big box retailers, Penn Yan's downtown is still the center of commerce for residents and visitors alike. However, a number of barriers, including the impact of recent extreme floods and lack of housing options, are suppressing Penn Yan's full potential for leveraging private investment and increasing economic opportunity for all. The DRI planning effort in Penn Yan will focus on overcoming these barriers and promoting sustained, year-round economic growth by concentrating on four areas: leveraging the abundant natural assets, capitalizing on the growing craft food and beverage industry, using the local art scene as an economic engine, and capturing the intellectual capital that lives and vacations in the Village. The specific projects to be funded through the DRI include: Revive the Sampson Theater as a Cultural Anchor: Stabilize and expand the Sampson Theater for year-round use as a cultural destination to draw larger audiences to downtown on weeknights and weekends. The project includes interior renovations, exterior rehabilitation, and sprinkler system updates to the 1910 theater. Transform Historic Knapp Hotel into Mixed-use Gateway: Convert the vacant historic Knapp Hotel into a mixed-used anchor and gateway to downtown, creating a vibrant mix of commercial spaces and 11 residential units and bringing new jobs and residents to Main Street. The project will include historic restoration of facades and cupola; demolition of a dilapidated addition; the installation of a new roof, HVAC, lighting, electrical and plumbing systems, and energy-code-level insulation; installation of historically appropriate windows; and addition of an elevator and rear stair tower. Repurpose Struble's Arcade as Mixed-Use Development: Restore a historic three-story masonry structure as a mixed-use development with six commercial spaces and seven residential units, creating new jobs and drawing new residents to downtown Penn Yan and rendering the iconic property attractive once more. The project will include an indoor year-round gathering space and anchor tenants providing culinary, exercise, and retail amenities. Expand Penn Yan's Parks and Trails Network: Enhance the Indian Pines Park as a waterfront destination drawing residents and visitors to the lake. Install trail extensions along the Keuka Outlet Trail to connect downtown Penn Yan to lakefront attractions. The improvements would create a cultural event venue, waterfront seating, public boat docks near downtown businesses, updated playground facilities, overlooks with interpretive signage, and greater connectivity between the village's natural and commercial assets. Install Streetscape Improvements Facilitating Downtown Circulation: Undertake streetscape enhancements along Water and Wagener Streets to improve walkability, provide additional on-street parking, ensure historically appropriate street lighting, and, ultimately, extend Main Street's character and charm along these corridors for an improved pedestrian experience. Additionally, the project will include enhancements to the existing Wagener Street parking lot. Enhance the Pedestrian Experience of Maiden Lane and Main Street: Redevelop and repurpose part of Maiden Lane as a pedestrian promenade offering outdoor event space and increased walkability. Install streetscape improvements on Main Street to improve the public's experience of downtown Penn Yan. Examples of streetscape improvements include overhead decorative string lighting, resurfaced pavements, planters, and public art installations. Transform Vacant Lot into Water Street Townhomes: Transform a vacant lot at 131-147 Water Street and 120 Wagener Street into 18 townhome condominiums with on-site parking and facades incorporating historic design elements to create additional housing options for both seniors and young professionals. Rehabilitate the Historic Belknap for Downtown Living and Working Opportunities: Convert the vacant Belknap building into three residential units and one commercial space to provide new opportunities for downtown housing and employment that serve as catalysts for future development and bring vitality to the core of Penn Yan. The project is expected to attract 12 new jobs and six new residential tenants to a vital Main Street block and includes facade restoration and interior renovations. Add a Brewery and Outdoor Event Space to the Historic Laurentide Inn: Renovate the 1820 Laurentide Inn to accommodate drinking, dining, and event venues that cater to and cultivate visitor interest while celebrating the history and culture of Penn Yan. The project will include repurposing the existing carriage house and stables into a micro-brewery and tasting room, creating a first-floor lounge, enhancing the site to accommodate outdoor events, and transforming the driveway into a pedestrian walkway for inn visitors and brewery guests. Expand the Reach and Capacity of a Children's Services Organization: Install an elevator and implement interior renovations at Milly's Pantry, a not-for-profit serving Yates County's children, enabling the organization to expand its services, programming, and accessibility. Modifications to an existing staircase will provide safe egress from each floor. Convert Vacant Office Space into Upper-Story Apartments at 126 Main Street: Convert vacant second floor office space at 126 Main Street into three rental apartments, contributing to Penn Yan's downtown housing stock and tourist lodging options. The renovation will include the demolition of non-load bearing walls; installation of new insulation, dry wall, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and appliances; and implementation ofthermal window replacements. Enhance Birkett Landing's Commercial Capacity: Install amenities and infrastructure improvements to Birkett Landing, a four-story, mixed-use property including apartments, a wine bar, and 4,500 square feet of undeveloped space, to increase the facility's appeal to potential patrons and draw commercial activity to the DRI area. The project will include finishing the interior of ground-floor commercial space, creating an outdoor patio for restaurant use, constructing restrooms, adding infrastructure improvements, and installing a bar. Transform an Empty Storefront into a Farm-to-Table Restaurant and Bar: Transform an empty storefront on Elm Street into a farm-to-table restaurant and cocktail bar, Little Elm, to bolster the region's wine and lake tourism industry and support local farmers and beverage manufacturers. The project will include general construction; mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection work; and furniture, fixtures, and equipment for restaurant use. Establish a Building Improvement Fund: Establish a building improvement fund supporting interior and exterior enhancements to buildings within the DRI area to improve downtown aesthetics, attract and retain small businesses, preserve historic structures, and, ultimately, create an improved quality of life and visitor experience in Penn Yan. Transform Underutilized Space into a Village Bakery: Attract a successful regional bakery by transforming the underutilized space at 132-138 Water Street. The Village Bakery will use local grains to produce artisan breads for restaurants and the general public, contribute to the cluster of food-related businesses downtown, and integrate agritourism into Penn Yan's appeal. Improvements include finishing the space's interior walls and ceilings, installing plumbing and HVAC infrastructure, and constructing an ADA accessible bathroom. Penn Yan developed a Strategic Investment Plan to revitalize its downtown with $300,000 in planning funds from the $10 million DRI grant. A Local Planning Committee made up of municipal representatives, community leaders, and other stakeholders led the effort, supported by a team of private sector experts and state planners. The Strategic Investment Plan for Penn Yan examined local assets and opportunities and identified economic development, transportation, housing, and community projects that align with the community's vision for downtown revitalization and that are poised for implementation. The DRI projects are the latest example of Governor Cuomo's ongoing commitment to Penn Yan and the Finger Lakes Region. New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "Governor Cuomo's Downtown Revitalization Initiative is delivering game-changing results for communities across the state. The Village of Penn Yan is the heart of the Finger Lakes and deserves a downtown corridor that reflects its role for the entire region. These projects will establish Penn Yan's downtown as a destination within a destination." Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "These selected projects will help the Village of Penn Yan reach its full economic potential with an inviting downtown that will encourage new business investments and also improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to this historic Finger Lakes community." NYS Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "The $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award is a strong vote of confidence in the future of the village of Penn Yan and Yates County. Over the last eight years, the State has invested over $500 million in the Finger Lakes region which has created or preserved affordable housing for nearly 15,000 residents. The projects announced today are concrete examples of how Governor Cuomo's economic commitment to revitalizing communities is working to keep the Finger Lakes moving forward." New York Senator Thomas F. O'Mara said, "These exciting developments for Penn Yan and the Finger Lakes will undoubtedly bring tremendous growth to this region. As we continue to diversify our investments, we grow our economy and boost tourism." New York Assemblymember Philip A. Palmesano said, "This is an incredible opportunity for Yates County, for Penn Yan, and the Finger Lakes region. This region is rich in history and culture, and I thank Governor Cuomo for his dedication to revitalizing the Upstate New York economy." Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs, Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said, "The Downtown Revitalization Initiative is bolstering Penn Yan's economic renaissance by investing in local assets which will attract jobs and private investment further transforming the downtown area. These strategic and diverse projects will help to further develop the business district and build on our efforts to ensure that the Finger Lakes region is moving forward." Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center said, "Penn Yan's revitalization is a testament to the commitment of Governor Cuomo to revitalize and enrich Upstate New York. This burgeoning region is only moving forward and this investment and the community that ardently supported it will bring unprecedented growth to the Finger Lakes region." Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar said, "Governor Cuomo's dedication to the Upstate New York economy and the revitalization of our downtowns is unparalleled. This investment in Penn Yan will further transform our great village and I am looking forward to seeing the growth we experience." For more information on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, go to: Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward Today's announcement complements "Finger Lakes Forward," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Naming a Portion of the State Highway System in Steuben County in Honor of Trooper Nicholas F. Clark

Jul. 24

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.05484-B/A.07577-B) naming a portion of the State Highway System in Steuben County in honor of Trooper Nicholas F. Clark. The bill specifically designates the bridges on interstate 86 in front of the NYS Police Barracks in Bath, NY where Trooper Clark was stationed as the "Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge." "Trooper Clark dedicated his life to selflessly serving his community and protecting his neighbors and the family of New York continues to mourn his loss and his sacrifice," Governor Cuomo said. "This recognition will help ensure his service and bravery is never forgotten." On July 2, 2018, Trooper Nicholas F. Clark tragically lost his life in the of duty. Trooper Clark graduated from the New York State Police Academy in 2015 and was stationed in Ithaca, Auburn and Bath, NY. Senator Tom O'Mara said, "We appreciate Governor Cuomo signing this legislation into law. It is our hope that this action will stand as lasting tribute and testament to the life, service, and ultimate sacrifice of this local hero. We hope that it will help to express the collective respect of our local community, our entire region, and the State of New York. We envision the 'Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge' as an enduring honor to Trooper Clark, and a reminder to future generations of his courageous service and meaningful life." Assembly Member Philip Palmesano said, "Trooper Nicholas F. Clark was a hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. This designation is a fitting tribute to honor him and his dedicated service and sacrifice for all of us. The naming of this bridge, adjacent to the Trooper Barracks where he was stationed, is also an important way for us to say thank you to the Clark family for their sacrifice and to ensure them that Trooper Clark's service and sacrifice will always be remembered and never forgotten."

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