Clerk and tax receiver posts wide open

GUILDERLAND — The elected customer-service positions in Town Hall — town clerk and receiver of taxes — which had been held by Democrats, are open, without incumbents running.

The clerk is retiring and the receiver of taxes, Jean Cataldo, is running for clerk. Her former deputy receiver of taxes, Lynne Buchann, is running to take her spot, against Republican Bryan Best. Republican Jason Wright will face Cataldo in the race for town clerk.

Both posts carry four-year terms for the full-time jobs. Both will pay $55,518 annually according to the 2014 budget proposal. 

Party enrollment in Guilderland breaks down this way: 30-percent Democrat, 26-percent Republican, and 25-percent unaffiliated. The remainder are enrolled in small parties.

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“I want to be fair and just,” Democrat Peter Barber said during his Election Night victory speech. “I want to get to know every town employee and as many residents as I can.”

ALTAMONT — The sun is bright though the air is chill on Monday morning as kids in Amy Martin’s fourth-grade class cavort during recess outside Altamont Elementary School.

In a playground game, two girls cross their arms over their chests as a classmate, Michael Puzio, approaches.

“First and foremost, this is a public-safety issue,” said Senator George Amedore at the press conference. “It’s also a quality of life issue.”