James Nicholas Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) was first elected to the Assembly in 1982. Tedisco graduated from Bishop Gibbons High School in 1968, received his B.A. in Psychology from Union College and a graduate degree in Special Education from the College of Saint Rose. From 1973-1982, Tedisco worked in the field of education, first as a guidance counselor, varsity basketball coach and athletic director at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, then as a special education teacher, resource room instructor and varsity basketball coach at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar. In 1982, Tedisco won a four-way primary to be the candidate to succeed long-time Assemblyman Clark Wemple, who had retired. Tedisco is active in many civic organizations. He is a member of the Sons of Italy, Schenectady Lodge 321; Principessa Elena Society in Saratoga Springs; Ballston Spa Elks Lodge No. 2619; Schenectady Rotary Club; Union College Alumni Association; Schenectady Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Friends of the Schenectady Museum; Center for HOPE; and serves as Honorary Chairman of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation.