Nelligan launches town campaign

Bosworth said the discussion of term limits is a "two-sided issue" that merits debate, but Guilderland should not preempt the county and state governments in imposing the limits, stating doing so would be "disingenuous."

"I don't think it's something that should be handled out-of-hand or casually," Bosworth said.

Patricia Slavick, one of the two board members up for election, and an eight-year member of the board, said the experience gained from serving is valuable, and the relationships that a person develops are important to serving the town.

"I don't see why [term limits] should be there," Slavick said. "To me, experience is a very big thing."

Nelligan likened the state of current town board meetings to the "Jerry Springer Show," and said, "petty political posturing has not lowered one family's tax assessment. It hasn't built 1 inch of new side walk, and it certainly hasn't helped us solve our traffic problem."

He said he plans to run a positive and independent-minded campaign.

"I'm not a cookie cutter Republican in any way, shape or form," he said.

Nelligan is seeking the endorsement of the Conservative and Independence parties as well, he said.

"I'm a principled person even when it hasn't always helped me to be," Nelligan added.

Nelligan was formerly a teacher at Guilderland high school before being involuntarily transferred to the middle school as the result of a "culture climate inquiry."

He later took a position working for the New York state Senate.

Guilderland Republican chair Ted Danz said Nelligan has the unanimous support of the town's Republican Party.


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