Anne Hayden Harwood

GUILDERLAND — Open town positions for 2014 include the supervisor and two town board seats. Democratic incumbents will face Republican opponents for each of these posts.

GUILDERLAND — Supervisor Kenneth Runion is running for his eighth two-year term, and is facing opponent Mark Grimm, who initially announced he would run against Runion for the supervisor position for the term beginning in 2012, but then withdrew, saying he believed a Runion-versus-Grimm race would fracture the town.

GUILDERLAND — Mark Grimm, a media strategist and adjunct college instructor, was a member of the town board for one term, from 2008 to 2012, during which time he and his fellow Republican board member, Warren Redlich, were often at odds with the Democrats.

GUILDERLAND — Mark Livingston, a political newcomer, has lived in Guilderland for more than 50 years. He attended Guilderland High School, as did his two children, and two stepchildren.

GUILDERLAND — Patricia Slavick, who works for the state, in finances, is running for her fourth four-year term on the town board.

GUILDERLAND — Lee Carman is currently serving his third term in the 29th District of the Albany County Legislature, but said he is running for town board because he feels he could make a bigger impact at the town level.

GUILDERLAND — Paul Pastore, an attorney, is running for his fourth four-year term on the town board.

He said that, during his time on the town board, there have been many measures taken to improve residents’ quality of life.

Supervisor Ken Runion’s adversary in the coming election, Mark Grimm, feels that the supervisor isn’t being transparent about the town tax rate, because a separate line for a pension tax was created in 2012.

If Fred Wagner, who owns Helderberg Excavating and Trucking, doesn’t turn his land over to Guilderland, the town may take it by eminent domain, the legal power to take private property for public use.

By the time firefighters arrived, Fort Hunter's assistant chief said, the fire was “90-percent involved” and had to be fought in “defensive mode,” meaning attacking it from a safe distance, and trying to prevent it from spreading to other neighborhood buildings.

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