Election 2017

An absentee ballot count for the town of Berne left the GOP candidates holding on to the supervisor and the town council seats. But the Democratic candidate Joel Willsey is only one vote behind Republican candidate Frank Brady. Two votes that were brought in excess of the eight-ballot minimum by Democratic Party Chairman Gerald O’Malley have not been counted, and the GOP intends to file a lawsuit to keep it that way.

Michelle Coons
Local elections in heavily-Democratic Guilderland went decisively to the incumbents. Democratic Supervisor Peter Barber got almost twice as many votes as the challenger, Republican Brian Forte.
Steve Pfleging

RENSSELAERVILLE — In a four-way race for town board, the two candidates running on the Republican line won. Incumbent Marion Cooke, a Conservative, was the top vote-getter and Jason Rauf, a Republican making his first run for office, came in second.

In his first run for office, Democrat Daniel Leinung, a member of the New Scotland Planning Board was the top vote-getter in a three-way race for two seats on the town board, while incumbent Democrat Adam Greenberg cruised to re-election.

In a race that had all seats contested, unofficial results show Republican nominees won the town supervisor and town board seats by narrow margins.

WESTERLO — In this rural Helderberg Hilltown, dominated by Democrats for decades, a Republican newcomer to politics, Richard Filkins, has ousted a longtime Democratic councilman, William Bichteman. Democratic incumbent Joseph Boone was the top vote-getter.

KNOX — Although Democrats outnumber Republicans in Knox by nearly 2 to 1, the Republican-nominated candidates took all of the seats up for election.

GUILDERLAND — Democratic incumbent Supervisor Peter Barber is being challenged again by Republican Brian Forte, who ran against hi

In the town of Berne, a heavily contested election has brought forth a variety of issues, as a full slate of both Republican- and Democratic-backed candidates run for office.

Jean Cataldo

GUILDERLAND — Democrat Jean Cataldo, who is running unopposed for a second term as town clerk, says that being at the counter is the best part of her job.


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