Election May 2018

Collected here is all of our published coverage of candidates and issues leading up to the school and library district votes on May 15, 2018.


No candidate or proposition was turned away as residents of the Voorheesville Central School District approved budgets for both the public library and school district.

GUILDERLAND  — Waiting to hear that every school and library proposition passed easily, and knowing all candidates were guaranteed seats, a score of leaders and candidates relaxed as they gathered in the Guilderland Elementary gym for poll results to be tallied Tuesday night.

By 44 votes, Berne’s highway superintendent, Randy Bashwinger, has won the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board race, ousting the incumbent. By a higher margin, voters also passed the district’s $23 million budget and a bus proposition.

VOORHEESVILLE — These questions were posed to the two candidates, Michael Canfora and Cindy Monaghan, both incumbents on the Voorheesville School Board, seeking re-election on May 15 in an uncontested election:

– Why did you run for the seat originally?

Although the town of Rensselaerville has just 1,800 residents, residents checked out over 15,000 items from its library last year.

GUILDERLAND — Four candidates are running for four seats on the Guilderland school board. The top three vote-getters will serve full three-year terms; the candidate who finishes fourth will fill out a two-year term.

The three candidates running unopposed for library trustee are a homemaker, a volunteer firefighter, and a former member of the town’s zoning board of appeals.

Folding tables have the highest circulation rate of anything that can be taken out of the Guilderland Public Library, Wiles said.

Randy Bashwinger, Berne’s highway superintendent, is challenging incumbent Lillian Sisson-Chrysler, a nurse, for a seat on the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board.

The school district’s budget includes several items added Tuesday by the school board — after contentious debate — without public discussion.


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