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Candidates run unopposed in N. Colonie

Chugar was even a student in the North Colonie Central School District, graduating from Shaker High School and moving onto Clarkson University. From there, he went to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse for his Medical degree, as he said he wanted to use his science skills in a different venue, along with interacting and helping people. He is now the medical director at WellPoint for the past four years.

Ending back in the North Colonie district, Chudgar said he loves the district and said it is a great place to raise a family. He said by becoming a board member, he hopes to preserve that.

He said just being a parent now he doesn't know what cuts or where money should have been spent. Something he hopes to learn when he takes the position.

"You don't know all of the details," he said. "You don't know what's contractually obligated and what's not."

One veteran who is running for reelection is Ann Foster. She graduated from Siena College with an accountant degree and went on to work for KPMG as a certified public accountant.

With five years of experience on the board, Foster has been the Chair of the budget committee. Which with this past year's budget, it is not the easiest of jobs. But with her background as a Certified Public Accountant and working in the New York State Division of Budget, she said she was prepared to deal with the challenges.

"That was very challenging to say the least," she said of her time in the state budget division. "The problem the district faced was similar, but is on a much grander scale in the state. I feel these problems we face will continue until the economy turns around."

She said if state aid doesn't improve next year that the district will have to begin making some more difficult decision. While this year they did some staffing cuts and had to close Maplewood Elementary School, a choice which she agreed with based on the lack of resident students, she said all areas will have to sacrifice.

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