“One of the things that I hope to do is to see that we don’t give away the store,” said Dawson, referring to the town’s role in the growth of the Capital District, specifically at the Vista Technology Park. “This is a pivotal point in our history.”
Kuhn and Dawson were aided by their place on the Independence line, where each widened their lead over their challengers. Martelle finished with 23 percent of the vote, while Near finished with 21 percent.
“Moving forward, there’s a lot that needs to be done,” said Martelle, as he spoke about the need to develop a capital plan for the town.
“The town government needs to understand what their course is before they take their first step,” said Near, who stressed that the biggest issues facing the town are fiscal in nature.
Bethlehem Receiver of Taxes
Long-time Bethlehem Receiver of Taxes Nancy Mendick easily won another term in the position. Mendick collected nearly 57 perfect of the vote, compared to 43 percent for challenger George Harder.
Albany County Legislature
Incumbent Richard Mendick has won another term representing Albany County’s 36th Legislative District, which includes the southern portion of Bethlehem.
The Republican earned 56 percent of the vote, compared to 35 percent for Democrat Leo Dorsey. Former County Legislator Howard Shafer finished third with nine percent.
Legislators Herb Reilly, Tom Cotrofeld, and Charles Dawson, who all represent a portion of Bethlehem, all won re-election unopposed.
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