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Nisky’ Dems take on GOP hopefuls

GOP demands checks and balances needed, Dems claim progress achieved

Democrat incumbent Supervisor Joe Landry, left, and Republican Anthony Pennacchio, right, started off the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County Niskayuna Candidates Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Democrat incumbent Supervisor Joe Landry, left, and Republican Anthony Pennacchio, right, started off the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County Niskayuna Candidates Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Photo by John Purcell.

— Landry slipped in a remark after Pennacchio and said, “Some of us are more talented than others.”

With a mixture of laughter and groans in the crowd, Pennacchio responded and said, “I guess … and more time too.”

The town’s infrastructure came under fire too, after candidates were asked if the town needs an improved wastewater treatment plant.

Pennacchio said the town is going to have to manage with using the current system and only make improvements as necessary.

“We need to be responsible and fiscally responsible as well as environmentally responsible,” he said.

The WWTP was built in the 1970s, Landry said, adding it was “a little aging” and improvements could be made.

“We managed to prepare for [Tropical Storm Irene] by keeping the system low and treating it a little faster, so that when the rains did come we were able to handle the increased volume,” Landry said. “We do the best we can with the system we have.”

Pennacchio said his message is to be fiscally responsible, restore faith in government through leadership and overcoming party lines, ensure health and safety of the community and continue improving town-run programs.

“I want to live in a place where my children can grow up with a sense of community,” he said. “My wife and I want to grow old in a town with a sense of assurance. I want a better Niskayuna.”

Since being elected, Landry said he’s seen many changes in the town and looks forward to continuing to ensure progress is made.

“I will continue to work to develop future opportunities to enhance our community and to ensure its success,” Landry said. “I’m looking for a chance to implement these opportunities.”

Incumbent Democratic Town Board candidates Liz Orzel Kasper and Julie McDonnell picked up the message of continuing progress in the town if reelected.

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