Anne Hayden Harwood

GUILDERLAND — Local restaurateur Sam Pontillo has settled in as general manager of the Blu Stone Bistro in Loudonville.

The outgoing director of Community Caregivers praised his successor, Kathy Burbank, as “very knowledgeable, very connected to the community."

“I told him, ‘Leave the store now,’ and I repeated that twice,” said Steven Irwin who witnessed a burglary in his store.. “As soon as he heard my voice he ran.”

The opinion of the Democrats on whether the Republican campaign had been clean was clear during each of the candidates’ thank-you speeches — they all said it was one of the dirtiest, most negative campaigns they’d ever seen.

GUILDERLAND – One week before the town election, the two major political parties are getting aggressive with their campaigning, each slinging accusations at the other.
A candidates’ forum, scheduled for Oct. 28, was canceled, and both sides are making accusations about the other’s ads and campaign contributions.

After 12 years, Cindy Wadach is leaving a job she loves but will volunteer to help the elderly.

GUILDERLAND — Republican Bryan Best will challenge Lynne Buchanan for the receiver of taxes role.
Best is a Guilderland native, and graduated from Guilderland High School and the state’s University at Albany. He is currently a trustee of the Guilderland Public Library.

Democrat Lynne Buchanan, who worked as the deputy receiver of taxes under Jean Cataldo for a number of years, but recently transferred into the town comptroller’s office, is running to be the receiver of taxes.

Jean Cataldo has worked as the receiver of taxes for 12 years. She originally ran a close but unsuccessful race for town clerk in 1999, against the Republican incumbent.

GUILDERLAND — Jason Wright, a Republican who currently works for the Albany County Board of Elections, and formerly worked for the Schenectady Boys and Girls Club, will challenge Democrat Jean Cataldo, the current receiver of taxes, for the position of town clerk.

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