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Democrat to challenge Farley

A Ballston Spa resident is seeking the Democratic nomination for state Senate in the 44th district, challenging incumbent Hugh Farley, R, C, I-Schenectady.

Bahram BK Keramati, 59, said that he would join the race to fix the taxing structure in New York.

"I think in New York we pay way too much in taxes and we're not getting what we deserve," he said in a March 8 written statement.

He said he would work to restructure the state's property tax system, which hurts schools with budgets based on the property tax levy.

Keramati explained that several areas are not rich in property, which prevents schools from collecting taxes to fund their budget.

He said he is seeking, "a system that is more fair and equitable to schools."

Keramati said people care about taxes, the quality of education, and the cost of living.

"The Legislature really affects people," he said in a later interview.

Keramati said he wants to be involved in issues where he can have an impact. While he said he has views regarding the war in Iraq, he said he would not be sharing those because the state Legislature does not have control over those issues, and that he is focused on the issues facing New Yorkers.

He has lived throughout the district for 32 years. He moved to Schenectady in 1976 and began his career at GE Global Research. He retired in 2004, after working in both technical and managerial positions. During his time at GE Global Research, he played a significant role in introducing more efficient and environmentally friendly products according to a press release announcing his candidacy.

He has also been involved with several community organizations during his time in the district, including the Princetown Planning Board and the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity in Schenectady County.

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