Election 2017

At Knox’s upcoming meeting on Jan. 1, the town board — with newly elected members that ran with the Republican-backed supervisor — will be selecting a new town attorney, a new zoning board chair, and possibly several other positions. The supervisor has said he has received over 20 applications so far.

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A decision by the Albany County Supreme court was made to count two absentee ballots in the election in Berne, leading to a win by Democratic candidate Joel Willsey by one vote.

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A court hearing held on Monday will determine whether two absentee ballots will be counted in the election in Berne, possibly determining whether there will be a Democratic or Republican majority on the town board. A decision is set to be made in the next 24 hours.

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A Berne GOP candidate has filed suit against the Albany County Board of Elections and his opponents in order to prevent two absentee ballots from being opened due to a former ruling specific to the county. These ballots could change the majority on the town board town board.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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