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Glenville begins year with change

Organizational meeting reveals candidate to fill upcoming vacancy

As a new year begins in Glenville politics, one board member prepares to step down, and a replacement has already been tapped.

At the Glenville Town Board organizational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 5, Councilwoman Gina Wierzbowski and Town Justice Brian Mercy were sworn in, but what followed wasn't listed on the agenda: Town Supervisor Christopher Koetzle announced the search for resigning Councilman Mark Quinn's seat is complete, and former Scotia Police Chief John Pytlovany is stepping up to serve.

Quinn has served on the board for seven years, but he was recently selected to be the deputy commissioner for elections in Schenectady County. On March 1, Quinn leaves his fellow all-Republican board, but he will be training Pytlovany, also a Republican, and helping him with the transition to public office.

I realized how much I missed being involved in the community, and I was trying to think of a way I could put my expertise or past knowledge to some sort of good use, and this was just a perfect fit for me, said Pytlovany. "I'm really excited about this because it is a whole new opportunity, but I get to use the knowledge and the training I have had and yet at a different location with different people, so I am really excited. I am really anxious for March 1 to come."

Koetzle said the town received three resumes for the upcoming vacancy after Quinn's announcement last month. There were an additional six resumes from the previous vacancy Wierzbowski filled last year, and those were included in the selection process, said Koetzle.

Now that Pytlovany has his foot in the door, he isn't planning on leaving anytime soon, assuming voters choose to elect him next year.

"This is not a one-year commitment for me, this is a multi-year commitment," he said. "I intend to run in the fall and do my best to get re-elected. This is going to give me kind of a head start."

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