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Albany County GOP changing guard

"The Republican resurgence must center on building grass roots organizations in the towns and cities," said Grimm in a written statement.

"That means making hard work and a laser focus on what matters to everyday people as the top priorities. John Graziano has the experience and the commitment to help generate enthusiasm for our mission. I look forward to working with him," Grimm added.

Grimm also thanked outgoing chairman Peter Kermani for his years of service to the party.

Bethlehem Republican chair Melody Burns said Graziano's leadership will provide the guidance the Republican party needs, especially with a presidential election coming up this year.

"I think it's going to be very easy for us to achieve our goals," she said. "He's got a great sense of Republican values."

Kermani took a parting blow at Albany Democrats, saying they are responsible for "rising property taxes, high crime and a bloated government."

"Under Democratic, one-party rule, Albany County and the state of New York have seen an increase in property taxes, families torn apart by financial stress by having to work two and three jobs, and seniors losing their homes because they cannot afford both their prescription drugs and mortgages," Kermani said.

He said former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former Comptroller Alan Hevisi are examples of corruption in the Democratic Party, and beckoned voters not to hand the Democrats a majority in the State Senate.

Spotlight reporter Ariana Cohn contributed to this story.""

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