Number of R’dam primary races unprecedented

Schenectady County as a whole sees uptick

— Primary elections are typically calm in comparison to the general election that follows, but Schenectady County primaries this year are nothing to balk at.

Rotterdam tops the list with nearly every major party ballot line to be decided during the primary. The general objections also topped in higher than normal according to officials from the Schenectady County Board of Elections. Although, specific objections are required after a general objection if someone wishes to try to invalidate a candidate’s petition. Mostly all of the remaining specific objections were expected to be received by the end of the day of Tuesday, July 26. There are at least six specific objections filed for races across the county.

“A petition when we receive it is presumed valid … and we will only count (the signatures) when there is a specific objection,” said County Board of Elections official and County Democrat Party Chair Brian Quail. “This years general objection volume was more than all of the years of my being a [board of elections member] combined up until now.”

Robert Godlewski, current Deputy Supervisor of Rotterdam, and incumbents Anthony Jasenski and Angelo Santabarbara are seeking the Democrat endorsement for two seats in District 4 of the Schenectady County Legislature. The County Democrats endorsed both incumbents, but Godlewski is making a bid.

For Town Supervisor of Rotterdam there is an opportunity to ballot for the Democrat line with Harry Buffardi and a write-in line. For the Conservative line though, Frank Del Gallo and Buffardi will have a primary.

On the town level of Rotterdam there is four people bidding for the two Democrat Town Board ballot lines. The party endorsed Wayne Calder and Mike Viscusi, but Delores Doriguzzi and William Cooke are also vying for a ballot line.

There is a Conservative Party primary for Rotterdam Town Board seats between Wayne Calder, Mike Viscusi and Todd Koza. Also, there is a Conservative primary for Town Highway Superintendent between Larry Lamora and Vincent Romano. For Town Justice, Kevin Mercoglan and James Bradshaw will square of in primaries for the Conservative, Independence and Republican ballot lines. There is also an opportunity to ballot for Working Families Party endorsement with Romano and a write-in line.

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