Friday, September 25, 2009

Noel announces for NG Town Board

Patricia Noel announced she is running for the North Greenbush Town Board on the Democratic, Working Families Party and Greenbush Party lines.
“I am delighted to be part of a team of candidates who possess the management skills our town desperately needs in these difficult fiscal times,” she said, noting that the town has accumulated a two-year projected general fund deficit of $149,000 and little has been done to reduce spending during the year.
Noel graduated from Russell Sage with a bachelor’s degree in history and government. She served as president of the Wynantskill School Board, the town Youth Board and was elected town clerk. She also has worked in the finance office of Hudson Valley Community College and part time in the town comptroller’s office.
“Managing town finances is a primary responsibility of a Town Board member,” Noel said. We need to plan ahead as a Town Board while implementing strict financial oversight and management principles.
She is running with former Town Board member Richard Fennelly. They are running for two open seats against newcomers Joe Bott and Kelly Hoffman who are running with the Republican, Independence and Conservative Party lines.
Noel and her husband Richard have four grown children and four grandchildren.

Brown endorsed by Teamsters

TROY – Incumbent At-Large City Councilman John Brown has been endorsed by one of the area’s largest unions in his bid for re-election.

Brown, a Democrat, was recently endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 294, which represents approximately 3,500 households across the region.

“The campaign is picking up a great deal of momentum and we are very happy to have broad, energized support,” said Brown. “Having such a large and influential union like the Teamsters is going to help the campaign to finish strong in November.”

John Bulgaro, president of the IBT, said that Brown was exactly the type of leader that is needed in government today.

“With John Brown working on their behalf the people of Troy should look forward to great things,” said Bulgaro.

“Working families in Troy are struggling in a difficult economy so I will continue to fight for keeping taxes low and push for the city to do more with less,” said Brown. “We need dedicated individuals who will put the interest of residents first and I hope to continue to do that for two more years.”

Brown has also received support from the Bricklayers and Allied Craft-workers Local 2, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1321, the Greater Capital Region Building Trades Council, and the Troy Area Labor Council.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

McGrath secures minor party lines

TROY – A Democratic candidate for City Council was able to secure two minor party lines for the upcoming election during last week’s primary.

Kevin McGrath, who is looking to represent District 1 on the council this fall, will now appear on the Democratic, Conservative, and Working Families Party lines in the general election on Nov. 3.

McGrath secured significant voter support from the minor parties, winning the WFP’s primary race with 80-percent of the vote and the Conservative primary by 67-percent, according to a news release from members of his election campaign.

McGrath is currently tied with Republican candidate Jim Gordon for the Independence Party line after entering the primary with a write-in ballot on Sept. 15., according to the most recent counts by the Rensselaer County Board of Elections.

“I’m very excited by the outstanding support and enthusiasm my city council campaign received in Tuesday’s primary. The voters who came out for these races clearly share my concerns and hopes for the future of Lansingburgh,” said McGrath. “I’m very grateful for their confidence in me and my ability to ensure our community’s voice will be heard by city government. I look forward to their support in November’s election.”

McGrath’s campaign has also received the support of many community groups, local officials and professional organization, including the Troy Police Benevolent Association and the Troy Area Labor Council.

A lifetime Lansingburgh resident, McGrath, pledges to revitalize the community’s neighborhoods so that they are safe for families, the elderly and businesses. He is also calling for a stronger police presence to strengthen the city’s battle against crime, aggressive enforcement of the city’s housing code to crackdown on absentee landlords and greater public investment in north Troy businesses.

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