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.

BERNE — After decades of dominance in Berne, the Democrats lost the town board majority in the 2019 elections, but have a full slate to take on the GOP this fall.

A lawsuit over a small-party line has revealed Berne political candidates who had not yet officially announced their campaigns. 

ALBANY COUNTY — George Langdon IV, a Republican Albany County legislator representing Coeymans, resigned on Monday following anti-gay comments he had made on March 27, which were widely circulated on social media and

Berne Highway Superintendent and Albany County Republican Party Chairman Randy Bashwinger said that he’s “not proud” that he had to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy but that he had no choice.

The attorney representing three Berne residents who feel the town’s purchase of the 100-acre Switzkill Farm was illegitimate said earlier this month that he was seeking an unspecified document that he thought would give him leverage in an out-of-court settlement.

“I was elected by the people of the state, I wasn’t elected by politicians,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said on March 7 as he stated he wouldn’t resign because of allegations. Since then, many more politicians, including top Democrats at the state and federal level, have called for his resignation. On Monday, Siena College released a poll that showed New Yorkers feel he should not resign and the majority are satisfied with the way he has addressed the sexual harassment allegations against him.


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