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New faces, new agendas

"I'm not going to call it suburban blight," he said, implying that the phrase is too harsh. And yet, it describes what Redlich means: formerly developed properties sitting vacant.

"What can the town do to motivate the property owner to develop that property " without causing new problems?" he asked.

The two missions are related, said Redlich. Underassessment of vacant properties may motivate owners not to develop. But if they're assessed properly, then the owner needs income from commercial development to offset tax costs.

As someone who's lost elections, Redlich said, "I'm very appreciative of the confidence of the voters."

Redlich is ready to work with the town board, after a contentious campaign season. Not that there won't be conflict on some things, he admitted, "but 95 percent of town business is not is not politically charged."

Grimm agreed: "There's nothing wrong with friction, as long as we make Guilderland better."

As for the remaining 5 percent?

"Mark and I know how to frame it in a way that's hard to oppose," said Redlich.

New Scotland results

Tom Dolin won a close race to become New Scotland's next supervisor, 1,394 to1,368 over Doug LaGrange.

The results for town board were not as close, but came up the same color " Democratic blue.

Incumbents Rich Reilly and Deborah Baron held onto their seats with 1,551 and1,475 votes, respectively. Republican challengers (and LaGrange's ticket mates, who called themselves Team New Scotland) went down in defeat -- Gary Schultz received1,188 votes and Chuck Voss, 1,105.

Similarly, the town clerk will continue to be Diane Deschenes who prevailed over Penny Barone, 1,754 to 953.

Town justice seats were also held by the current incumbents, Margaret Adkins and David Wutkitsch, who received 1510 and 1322 votes respectively. Challengers Brendan O'Shea and John Keenan III lost with 1,293 and 1,201 votes, respectively. ""

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