Cardona to run for the 29th, Centi added to Guilderland's Democratic slate

David Cardona

Rosemary Centi

GUILDERLAND — Rosemary Centi, a Democrat who served as town clerk for 13 years, has announced she will run for the town board in the fall election.

David Cardona, also a Democrat, who served for many years as a trustee in Voorheesville, will seek a spot in the Albany County Legislature.

In May, when the Guilderland Democratic Committee announced its slate, Centi was not on it. The two candidates for town board were announced as Al Maikels, a current councilman, and Kenneth Runion, who plans to retire as town supervisor at the end of the year.

Runion, however, changed his mind about running in the election based on what he called extenuating circumstances in his personal life.

Centi, who said she had interviewed with the committee for the position, then received the nod.

“I was excited,” she told The Enterprise this week. “I really feel I have as much experience as some of the current board members.”

As town clerk — she retired at the end of 2013 — she attended all of the town board meetings, took the minutes, and received all of the same information as the board members.

“Ken jokingly used to call me the fifth board member,” said Centi. “I was never afraid to give my opinion during meetings even if I didn’t have a vote.”

Through her role as town clerk, she said, she developed good working relationships with other town employees and made connections with businesses Guilderland.

“I would like to work closely with other agencies in town if I were elected,” she said, particularly to address the issue of the vacant buildings, two of which are close to her neighborhood.

“I am concerned with development; I am concerned that it’s done well,” said Centi. “I think we need to take neighborhoods and communities into consideration.”

She also said that, as with other Democrats in the town, she believes in being fiscally conservative.

Centi and Maikels will face Republicans Michele Coons and Lee Carman, as the four vie for two seats, in November.

At the same time, in the supervisor’s race, Democrat Peter Barber, who chairs the zoning board, will face off against current Democratic town board member Brian Forte, who is heading the Republican slate.

Cardona, who will run for a seat in the 29th District of the Albany County Legislature, said he is “thrilled to have an opportunity to run.”

While he said he feels he can contribute and make a difference, the biggest factor in his decision to run is that he misses being part of a legislative body.

“I loved serving the public,” said Cardona.

 “I am running on my qualifications,” he said; in addition to having served as a village trustee, he is the chief clerk in the Columbia County Courts.

He is not focusing on specific issues, he said, because it is “hard to get involved when you’re not already in there and hearing all sides of something.

“I need to be able to evaluate each issue and make the decision I believe is best for the community,” he said.

Cardona will run against Republican Mark Grimm in the fall; Carman, who currently represents District 29, is stepping down as legislator to run for the town board spot instead.

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