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Altamont mayoral race nears

With the Altamont mayoral election just around the corner, incumbent James Gaughan is touting future plans and past successes, while challenger Harvey Vlahos is pointing out where he sees room for improvement.

The Village of Altamont will be hosting its mayoral election on Sunday, March 18.

The village runs its own elections and is not on the same timetable as the county, state and federal elections, Town Clerk Jean LaCrosse said.

She said the town uses the same machines, and the election is presided over by election inspectors who are village residents.

Gaughan said the village has much to be proud of, but more work needs to be done.

I would, first and foremost, have wanted to sustain the promises I made and kept four years ago, Gaughan said of a reelection.

Gaughan said he promised to safeguard tax dollars, resources, senior services, community and youth programs and the historic charm of the village.

"[I have] a just-in-time way of operating. I try to act on issues brought up by the public quickly," he said.

A large part of Gaughan's plan was updating the village's comprehensive plan and continues with initiatives to connect walkways and bike paths within the town.

"It was a 25-year-old plan. It was out of date," Gaughan said.

He said he is especially concerned with the aging sewer system, and he plans to seek federal funding to upgrade it.

He also touted some of the village's past accomplishments, and said he plans to keep the momentum of his successes.

Gaughan said the AAA bond rating the village enjoys and the inter-municipal services the village shares with the Town of Guilderland, such as fuel and heavy equipment, are accomplishments he is proud of. He also said he is pleased with the $17,000 he helped raise to build a playground and park on Maple Avenue.

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