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Nisky GOP bids for majority

Democrat incumbents garner multiple endorsements

Niskayuna Republi-cans are looking to paint the town red, even though Democrats have been at the helm of town government for years.

The party recently made its endorsements for the 2011 election. Bidding for the supervisor seat is Republican Anthony Pennacchio, who is the program manager for Health Research, Inc. Joining him will be two candidates who ran unsuccessfully in the 2009 election, Republicans Linda Rizzo and Richard Fisher. Janna Gaylord-Czernicki is running for town clerk.

[Pennacchio] seemed to be the most perfect fit for the two other candidates that had committed, said Niskayuna Republican Committee Chairman Michael Mansion. "It is important to have a good qualified candidate as well as one that is enthusiastic and hard working and we got that with Tony."

The Town of Niskayuna has historically seen Democrats consistently winning elections and four incumbents are returning in the upcoming race. Democrat Joe Landry is seeking his third term as supervisor and fellow Democrat council members Liz Orzel Kasper and Julie McDonnell are looking to retain their seats. Also, Democrat incumbent Steve Swinton is running for town justice, while newcomer Michele Martinelli is seeking the vacant town clerk position. The supervisor serves a 2-year term and the other positions are for four years.

A Republican Supervisor hasn't been elected in Niskayuna since 1997. The Republicans also haven't held a majority on the Town Board since losing the supervisor seat and two councilmember seats in the 1999 election.

"We have the message and the vision that resonates with the voters," said Geoff Hall, acting chairman of the Niskayuna Democratic Committee. "I think the party and the candidates that we have put forth have had a successful record and have worked hard to move the town in the right direction and I think the voters agree."

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