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Election costs concern leaders

Countywide, election costs are expected to be no more than $1 million in 2006 and about $1.8 million for 2007.

"We are all pretty upset about the way this is being proposed," said Colonie Supervisor Mary Brizzell. According to estimates provided by the county, Colonie's election costs are expected to reach $680,000.

Election commissioners James Clancy and John Graziano told local leaders they are just following the guidelines of the new state and federal election laws.

"We did nothing to you," said Graziano. "The state passed a law and said we have to follow the law."

Ten new employees will be hired by the county board of elections including two new election education specialists, two information technology training specialists and several more employees who will handle the added administrative burden.

A $13,700 increase has been proposed in the two election commissioners' salaries for 2007. The $66,300 salary will jump to $80,000 if approved by the county legislature. Deputy election commissioners are also in line to see a $5,600 increase.

"This is what we believe we need to do the job right," said Clancy.""

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