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Schenectady County legislature fills Metroplex seats

Earlier this month, Saccocio was subject to a second interview by the County Legislature. Republican legislators Angelo Santabarbara and Joseph Suhrada both said they thought Democrats were unfairly attacking Saccocio with questions of his ethics.

"There should be no question to the professional merits and qualifications of Pat Saccocio," said Santabarbara.

Also appointed to Metroplex were Sharon Jordan, the selection of Mayor Brian Stratton; Edward Capovani, the selection of Glenville Supervisor Frank Quinn; William Chapman, the selection of Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry; and Robert Wall, the joint selection of supervisors of Princetown and Duanesburg.

Hughes appointed to SCCC board of trustees

The Legislature's final appointment of the night concerned one of its own members.

Majority Leader Gary Hughes, D-Schenectady, was appointed to the Schenectady County Community College board of trustees.

Hughes is the chairman of the Legislature's Committee on Education and Libraries. County officials said it's standard procedure for the chair of that committee to also serve on the SCCC board.

Hughes has a son who attends SCCC. He is also a former member of the Schenectady School District's board of education.

Hughes won the appointment by a 12-to-3 margin.

Three of the Legislature's four Republicans voted against Hughes' appointment with James Buhrmaster, R-Schenectady, crossing party lines.

Minority Leader Robert Farley, R-Scotia offered the name of fellow Republican and former county legislator Albert DeAprix Jr. DeAprix was also a former representative of the Legislature on the board.

Farley's amendment to substitute DeAprix's name for Hughes' name was defeated by the Legislature's Democratic majority.

Farley said he disagreed with Hughes' support of moving SCCC's music program off-campus and into the downtown area.

Hughes said he would keep an open mind on the issue. He claimed Farley was mistaken and that he had not taken a public position on the fate of the music program.

Hughes takes over for legislator Vincent DiCerbo, D-Schenectady, who resigned to chair the Economic Development Committee.

The SCCC board of trustees is a 10-member board. Hughes will serve through 2010.""

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