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VOORHEESVILLE — The village board searched far and wide before settling on a trustee replacement for Rich Straut, who took over as mayor for Bob Conway when he stepped down on July 1 with nine months left in his term. 

The only contest between the major parties is for the supervisor and clerk positions. Resident Brigitte McAuliffe is running for one of two town board seats under her own party and is opposed by incumbents. 

The Rensselaerville 2021 election centers around five seats, but the local Democrats have put forth only two candidates — the same as those endorsed by the town’s other parties.

Robert Conway said he’s got “absolutely no qualms” about Richard Straut taking over for him as Voorheesville’s mayor, adding that Straut has shown himself to be a very capable and talented board member. Conway said he’s sure Straut will do an “exceptional job” as mayor.

The Westerlo Democratic Committee, in a town where voters skew Democratic, is backing three GOP town board candidates for November.

Guilderland Democrats sent a mixed message Tuesday in the town’s first primary — a four-way race for two spots where the key issue was development.

Michelle Viola-Straight, the director of community relations at the Veterans and Community Housing Coalition, has a conflict related to funding that her organization receives from the federal government, which pervents her from running for office. 

Supervisor Sean Lyons told The Enterprise that he took a federal job in April which, under the Hatch Act, precludes him from candidacy in a partisan election.

A county-level lawsuit alleging that the Working Families Party didn’t submit original documents when authorizing their candidates for local office names candidates from Berne, Bethlehem, Guilderland, Coeymans, Colonie, and the city of Albany.

Former Berne Deputy Town Clerk Jean Guarino says her boss, Town Clerk Anita Clayton, suspected her of leaking information about thePublic Employee Safety and Health Bureau report regarding the death of highway worker Peter Becker. The PESH report is a public document.

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