Long list for Bethlehem board seat

One candidate is Ted Putney, a Selkirk resident and former town board member who said he is interested in town government and issues such as open space.

“I just enjoy it. I think I have enough experience to be able to be effective for a year, and that’s what I want to do,” said Putney.

The eight candidates put forth by Clarkson, have all said they have no interest in serving any longer than a single year on the board, according to Clarkson. He has publicly stated that he believes the board should select a non-political appointee who has no interest in serving beyond 2012.

There is also a growing possibility that a public meeting would be held to collect input from town residents.

“I think we're moving towards consensus that there should be some sort of public forum to discuss this issue,” said Clarkson.

As of Dec. 28, the nine known candidates for the town board seat are:

• Michael Burgess, former director of the state Office for the Aging

• Kevin Crawford, Executive Director of the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal and member of the town's 2020 Implementation Committee

• Jack Cunningham, former Bethlehem supervisor and current Commissioner of Public Works in Colonie

• Donna Giliberto, Assistant Counsel/Records Access Officer with the state Department of Public Service

• John Hudacs, former commissioner of the state Office of General Services and state Department of Labor, and 2020 committee member

• Christina Kidera, finance specialist for 35 years with state Division of the Budget

• George Lenhardt, former Town Board member (1994-2005), and current chair of the town's Board of Ambulance Commissioners

• Ted Putney, former Town Board member (1994-97) and member of Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency board

• Loretta Simon, a member of the Board of Directors of the Albany County League of Women Voters

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