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Four eye highway position

Primaries brewing on Democratic and Republican lines in Bethlehem

— After Bethlehem residents voted down a referendum that would have abolished the office of highway superintendent, four candidates have come forward with hopes of filling the position next year.

The position has been vacant since former Super-intendent of High-ways Gregg Sagendorph announced he would be retiring in April. The Bethlehem Town Board appointed Public Works Commissioner Erik Deyoe to act as interim highway superintendent until January.

Both the Bethlehem Democratic Committee and the Albany County Independence Party have endorsed Democrat and City of Albany Director of Recycling Frank Zeoli. Resident Brent Meredith, an engineer, intends to primary Zeoli on the Democratic line.

“I’ve got a few years of proven leadership and hands-on experience,” Zeoli said. “There’s a lot of things the Highway Department does now that I’ve had experience doing while I worked with the Department of General Services. I can bring these things to the table and hit the ground running.”

Zeoli has worked for the City of Albany for the past 15 years in a number of positions. The last four years, he has been the city’s director of recycling. Zeoli said he has kept up-to-date on trends in paving, stormwater management and solid waste management. He also would to implement some ideas at the compost facility that would allow it to make a profit and become more sustainable, he said.

“Good service and safety is my mantra,” he said.

Zeoli said he would want to make sure paving stays on a routine schedule and pledged to work closely with Deyoe in an attempt to share employees and equipment.

“I heard some equipment is sitting there unused, so that is something I would like to evaluate,” he said.

Meredith has a degree in engineering from Clarkson University. He was a civil and environmental engineer with the federal government for 13 years before moving to Delmar in 2000. Since that time, he has been a stay-at-home dad.

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