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Guilderland supervisor's home sale turns political

Grimm points to Runion placing home on market, incumbent says he’s downsizing

— Runion said he was not surprised to see Grimm weighing in on the matter and accused his opponent of negative campaigning in the past. He said Grimm has “never been involved in a positive campaign” and will resort to “bullying.”

Grimm, however, said while campaigning he has talked to “many people” who are selling their home or planning to sell their home, and said he wants to call attention to high property taxes.

“He is the town supervisor and people are selling their homes every day in the town because they can’t afford the property tax. To a certain extent, it is personal and to a certain extent it is a critical issue in the town,” Grimm said.

Grimm said he doesn’t believe Runion has done enough to address property taxes.

Runion confirmed he owns a home in Florida, but said his father has lived in the home for around a year. Runion said he pays the bills associated with the home, and his father pays for the electricity.

“I basically bought the house for my father to live in,” he said. “It was during the slow sales period down in Florida, so my wife and I go down for a week usually in a year and we saw this house. It was short sale and I thought this was perfect for a retiree to live in and it was very reasonably priced.”

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