Rensselaerville board gets new member from slate of uncontested positions

RENSSELAERVILLE — In an uneventful election season, Democrat Anthony Guadagno will take a seat on the town board, replacing Margaret Sedlmeir, a member of the Independence Party, who did not seek re-election. 

Democrat John Dolce was elected as town supervisor after spending nearly a year as appointed supervisor, while Democrat Brian Wood, who was also appointed at the beginning of the year, was elected back to the board. Democrat Gregory Bischoff was elected as town justice following his appointment to the position last March after the death of Justice Ronald Bates.

Approximately 35-percent of Rensselaerville’s 1,099 registered voters showed up to the polls. 

On endorsing Democrats, Rensselaerville’s Republican Party Chairman Richard Tollner said on Wednesday morning, “There was no reason to try to fix something that wasn’t broken.” He added that the current candidates are who the GOP would have endorsed regardless.

Wood, however, thinks “a certain amount of apathy” factors into the lack candidates. 

“When you look at the smaller towns, you tend to see some more uncontested races,” he said. “It’s a combination of lack of interest, and nobody does anything for free anymore … the positions are not overly well-compensated.

“That’s part of the reason salaries are going up, maybe to spark some interest,” Wood said, who contrasted the Rensselaerville elected positions with those of Guilderland and New Scotland, which are full-time. “With this, it’s kind of like volunteering.”

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