Pedaling through the 101st for the Assembly medal

Republican Assembly candidate Brian Maher is pedaling his bike through the new 101st District this week as he familiarizes himself with the territory.

He expects to end his ride Sunday in New Hartford, home of the incumbent Assembly member in this district, first-term Republican Claudia Tenney.

"I feel that by biking the 101st, I can really experience the district first hand," said Maher, 26, who is mayor of Walden in Orange County. "I can experience the beautiful scenic areas of the Catskills, the many great downtowns and small business districts and most important of all to meet the fellow New Yorker’s I wish to represent along the way."

The seven-county district snakes its way southeast from Oneida County to Orange County. The Oneida County portion is made up of just the towns of New Hartford and Paris.

"I feel in order to be the best candidate I can be, I need to see every corner of the 101st," he said.

A Sept. 11 primary between Maher and Tenney could be looming.

This is the first year that state Senate and Assembly candidates, as well as congressional hopefuls, will run in districts that were redrawn by Republicans and Democrats in Albany based on the 2010 Census.