CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. - Monday is the last day in office for two local lawmakers who have spent a combined 44 years in the state legislature.
Both Ron Canestrari (D –Cohoes), and Jack McEneny (D-Colonie), will both be retiring from the seats they have held for more than 20 years a piece.
McEneny presented the oath of office last week to his successor, Democrat Patricia Fahy, while Canestrari did the same for former Cohoes mayor John McDonald.
Shortly after noon, assemblyman McEneny gaveled out for the last time. The ritual - normally a quiet one, which includes a short prayer and a pledge, done to preserve the independence of the house - was a bit livelier Monday.
His family, supporters, and even a set of bagpipes were there to wish him well.
Earlier in the day assemblyman and majority leader Canestrari packed up his office and made some final calls before heading out to a swearing in ceremony.
Both men say this retirement is bitter sweet.