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Regional Archives The Altamont Enterprise, September 15, 2011
By Zach Simeone
ALBANY COUNTY Though Primary Day has come and gone, some results are still to be determined, and the Republicans scored a slew of victories, despite there being no Republican primaries this year.
For the Democratic line in the race for Legislative District 28, Dennis Feeney dominated the primary election with 131 votes, or 84 percent, compared to Terrance Hurley’s 24 votes, or 15 percent.
Feeney had recently said that it would be illegal for Hurley to run for office because of the Hatch Act, which states that an individual cannot run for a political post if his or her place of employment receives federal funds for any reason; Hurley is the chief financial officer of the Albany Port District Commission.
Hurley had argued Feeney’s assertion, and the matter was being investigated, though he was allowed to remain on the primary ballot.
Results for the primary election for the Independence line in the 31st District are still unclear, along with several others, explained the county board of election’s Republican commissioner, Rachel Bledi.
“William Aylward is ahead by 2 votes,” Bledi said Wednesday, “but we still have seven days for absentee votes to come in, and we still have to more closely inspect write-ins to make sure there’s no over-vote.” He garnered an unofficial 30 votes in an opportunity to ballot, where others’ names were written in.
Explaining what an over-vote is, Bledi went on, “What happens with some of these ballots is, some people will vote for a candidate, and then vote for a write-in. So, some of these might actually go to court. The problem is, the system is very slow, and it has to print them all out before we can count them.”
As with the 31st District race, some of the other results are still unclear.
Unofficial primary results for the Independence line in the fall elections are as follows:
For the 39th Legislative District race this fall, Deborah Busch has secured the Independence line with 49 votes, or 80 percent, while 12 write-in votes were cast;
For Rensselaerville Town Board, Conservative Robert Bolte and Republican Margaret Sedlmeir won the Independence line, with Bolte garnering 27 votes, or 40 percent, and Sedlmeir getting 24 votes, or 35 percent, and 17 write-in votes were cast;
For Rensselaerville Highway Superintendent, Randall Bates won the Independence line through a yet-to-be-determined number of write-in votes;
For Rensselaerville Assessor, Richard Tollner won the Independence line with 27 votes, or 75 percent, while 9 write-in votes were cast;
For Knox Town Board, Republican Michael Swain got 14 votes, or 28 percent; Republican John Hunsicker got 13 votes, or 26 percent; Republican Dennis Barber got 12 votes, or 24 percent; and 11 write-in votes were cast;
For Knox Town Clerk, Republican Kimberly Swain won the Independence line with 16 votes, or 59 percent, while 11 write-in votes were cast;
For Knox Tax Collector, Republican Frank Fuss won the Independence line with 15 votes, or 60 percent, and 10 write-in votes were cast;
For Knox Town Justice, James Corigliano and Republican Bonnie Donati won the Independence line, with Corigliano getting 13 votes, or 50 percent, and Donati getting 12 votes, or 46 percent; and
For Guilderland Highway Superintendent, Steven Oliver won the Independence line with 118 votes, or 86 percent, and 20 write-in votes were cast.
Unofficial primary results for the Conservative line in the fall elections are as follows:
In the race for Knox Supervisor this fall, current Supervisor Michael Hammond got the Conservative line through write-in votes, though he was not officially on the primary ballot;
For Westerlo Town Board, Democrats Alfred Field and Anthony Sherman won the Conservative line with 4 votes each, or 31 percent, while Clinton “Jack” Milner received 3 votes, or 23 percent;
For Knox Town Board, Republicans John Hunsicker and Michael Swain won the Conservative line, with Hunsicker getting 14 votes, or 39 percent, and it is unclear how many write-in votes Swain obtained;
For Knox Town Clerk, Republican Kimberly Swain won the Conservative line with 15 votes, or 75 percent, and 5 write-in votes were cast;
For Knox Town Justice, Republican Bonnie Donati won the Conservative line with 13 votes, or 68 percent, and 6 write-in votes were cast;
For Knox Tax Collector, Republican Frank Fuss won the Conservative line with 15 votes, or 68 percent, and 7 write-in votes were cast; and
For the Conservative line in the race for New Scotland Town Board, Patricia Snyder garnered 54 votes; Democrat William Hennessy Jr., 41 votes; Republican Timothy Danz, 37 votes; Republican Timothy Stanton, 35 votes.
“These are tricky because you really have to take a closer look at the write-in ballots,” Bledi said. “I would say the New Scotland Town Board race is too close to call between Bill Hennessy and Timothy Danz.”