Guilderland incumbents fend off challengers

Guilderland incumbents staved off Republican challengers as Supervisor Ken Runion won his sixth term in office on Election Day.

Paul Pastore and Patricia Slavick kept their seats on the board and beat out former embattled high school teacher Matt Nelligan and David Fraterrigo, a CM Fox Real Estate employee. Runion beat author and business owner Peter Golden, who served a term on the Guilderland School Board.

Unofficial counts from the Albany County Board of Elections, not accounting for absentee ballots, shows Runion with 4,647 votes and Golden with 3,629.

Slavick and Pastore pulled 4,665 and 4,605 votes respectively. Nelligan reeled in 3,571 and Fraterrigo 3,165.

Runion thanked everyone who put in time to help with his campaign, as well as the voters.

\We're going to stay the course, he said. "I want to thank the voters for trusting me to manage the town for the next two years."

Barb Frey, a district resident of 30 years, said she voted for Runion because she did not want things to return to the way they were in prior administrations.

She said although there are difficulties in town, the entire country is facing them, and its unfair to point fingers at the incumbent board.

"We're just on hard times," she said. "The whole world is on hard times."

Runion said keeping taxes low and storm water issues are priorities for him as the next two years progress. The town is also working on fine tuning its zoning, and has commissioned a committee to study a number of items in town. Runion said implementing those suggestions will be something he and the rest of the board will have grapple with over the next term.

As the economy and development have been issues this election season, he noted that the Denny's on Western Ave. across from Stuyvesant Plaza has been sold. The building he said, was one named by opponents evidence of the need for more development in town.

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