ALBANY — Four of the seven Democratic candidates running for the 109th state Assembly seat have qualified for New York’s public financing system.

The latest disclosures to the state Board of Elections show the financial boost the state’s program can give candidates who are able to raise money from smaller donors — the first time the program is being tested in many state races since going into effect Nov. 9, 2022.

The seven Democrats are seeking to replace Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, who is running to succeed retiring state Sen. Neil Breslin in the 46th district.

This is the first year Assembly and Senate candidates can access public financing, which is meant to allow Assembly candidates to receive up to $175,000 in state money if they hit certain benchmarks. Those include raising money from a certain amount of donors within their district.

In an Assembly race, a candidate who receives $25 from a district resident will get $300 from the state. For a $50 donation they will get $600. For a $250 donation — the maximum — they will receive $2,300.

Albany County legislator Dustin Reidy, who came into the race with the largest campaign chest, was also the top fundraiser. Reidy raised $26,885 since February, which under the state’s public financing system would result in an additional $156,451. Reidy also transferred $33,000 from his County Legislature account, according to the latest disclosures posted on the state Board of Elections website.

Reidy, who represents part of Guilderland, said he took the potential for public funding seriously, noting he raised money from more than 130 donors in the 109th district.

“With public financing, we expect to have the resources we need to get our message to the voters clearly and consistently and continue to build grassroots support throughout the 109th Assembly District,” he said in a statement. The 109th includes the city of Albany, and towns of New Scotland and Guilderland.

Albany Common Council member Gabriella Romero raised the second highest amount, reporting $16,254. That would qualify her for $132,010 under the public financing program.

Fellow Council member Ginnie Farrell raised the third most with $8,647. That would result in $81,780 in public funds.  Farrell, who works for Democratic Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, said she planned to ramp up her fundraising efforts in the next week once she started her leave from her job.

“My big focus was to qualify for public financing,” she said. “With a field this crowded, it’s definitely going to be a very expensive race.”

Common Council member Owusu Anane raised $8,150, which would result in $49,690 in public funds.

Candidates who have had fundraisers have suggested donation amounts that will help them reach the necessary benchmarks to receive public money. The candidates won’t receive any public funds until May 13, roughly six weeks before the June 25 Democratic primary. And any public funds that don’t go toward qualified expenses for the campaign will need to be returned to the state, according to the state Board of Elections.

Two other candidates, Albany County Legislator Andrew Joyce and Common Council member Jack Flynn, did not report raising any money. Flynn previously said he would not participate in the public financing program.

 A seventh politician may still be in the race. Common Council member Sergio Adams, who told the Times Union in February that he had dropped out, reported raising and spending money for an Assembly campaign in March. Adams did not raise enough to qualify for public financing.

Adams said in a text message he is still exploring a potential campaign.

 “I’m out door-knocking and speaking to residents, getting great feedback,” he said. “But will see how these next couple days go.”