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CLIFTON PARK: Hughes romps in Independence primary

Both Bellamy and Paolucci were confident after the results were posted.

"I know that I'm up by two [votes] right now. I'm very gratified that I have the Independence endorsement right now," Paolucci said, as he awaited the final results. "I'm a glass half-full type of guy."

"We certainly worked hard; we certainly appreciated the fact that we had an opportunity to run on the Independence Party," Bellamy said from her home Tuesday night. "It was a nice experience meeting a lot of new people, and I appreciate all the people that went out to vote."

Paolucci and Hughes are both endorsed by the Republicans and the Conservative Party. Bellamy is endorsed by the Democrats and the Working Families Party.

Democrat Margaret Catellier, who was not chosen to run in the Independence primary, is also endorsed by the Democrats and the Working Families Party.

In other results, incumbent Republican Pat O'Donnell topped Democrat Theresa Izzo for town clerk on the Independence line. O'Donnell had 54.1 percent of the vote.

Longtime town justice and Democrat Robert Rybak defeated Republican challenger Erika Riebel with 70.7 percent of the Independence primary vote. Rybak also won the Conservative party primary over Riebel with just under 59 percent of the vote.

In Halfmoon, incumbent town justice Kevin Tollisen defeated Jeffrey Hartnett in both the Independence and Conservative party primaries, with 78.4 and 87.5 percent of the vote, respectively.

Final decisions by all voters will be made in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.""

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