MILTON: Town Republicans challenged

Nardella said the response from residents has already been favorable.

"We needed 5 percent of the registered Republican voters on our petition, which is 297, and we got 913 signatures," said Nardella.

As the designated leader of the Committee for Responsible Government in Milton, Nardella said the party's platform is informing the public about board decisions and inviting their input.

"We want to give residents what's due to them, and that's lower town expenditures, no tax hikes, and recording meeting minutes," said Nardella. "We want to represent the large elderly population in town, and also those with lower incomes."

Nardella said he also plans to work five days, weekdays, in the town clerk's office and have Saturday hours at no extra charge to the town.

John Cromie is a lifelong resident of the Village of Ballston Spa, and is currently a lawyer in private practice.

"There is a split in the town's Republican committee now, and it's been a long time coming," said Cromie. "At the end of their interviews in May to endorse candidates, it became pretty clear to me they'd made their decisions beforehand. There was a vote, but it seemed to be a done deal."

Cromie has served as attorney for the village's planning board, founded a French student exchange program with the Ballston Spa School District, and is a member of the village's historic district commission.

"The town's at a point of change," said Cromie. "People chose to live in Milton because of the lifestyle it offers, and their needs aren't being answered. They'll end up finding themselves on the short end, because the current board isn't active carrying things out."

Cromie challenged Frank Thompson two years ago in a bid for town supervisor, but bowed out after failing to receive the Republican Party endorsement. Cromie said the Independence nod carries a lot of weight in Milton.

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