We presented the candidates to you way back in June. There’s Frank Zeoli, the City of Albany director of recycling; Brent Meredith, an engineer who’s coming off a stint as a stay-at-home dad; Terry Ritz, who works in the town’s engineering division and is also the coordinator for the town’s Development Planning Commission; and Howard Hyer, the town Highway Department director of administrative services and fleet management.
Not a bad slate. It will be up to the public to decide which man is best for the job, to guide the department’s work to be done on time and on budget – and who is worthy of one of the larger salary packages on the town payroll.
We hope this primary will have among the best turnouts in Bethlehem’s history, given the volume of voters who turned down a proposal to make the highway superintendent position appointed, rather than elected. A massive swath of the eligible population fails to vote in off-presidential years in Bethlehem, so we hope with all the attention given to the right to vote, the townspeople will feel inspired to exercise it for a change.
So mark Thursday, Aug. 22, on your calendar. We’ll be holding a forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Ave., Delmar. You’ll be able to read all about it in our pages if you’re unable to attend.
In addition to the highway superintendent candidates, the three men running in primaries for the position of town justice have been invited to make statements.
We hope to see you there, armed with questions that matter to you.