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Guidarelli won't seek Republican line for mayor; may back Hull in race

From left, Peter Guidarelli, Gary McCarthy and Roger Hull.
From left, Peter Guidarelli, Gary McCarthy and Roger Hull.
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— Longtime Schenectady politician Peter Guidarelli put an end to weeks of speculation this morning by saying he won’t seek the Republican line for mayor in this fall’s election.

Instead, Guidarelli said, he may seek the GOP line in a run for the Schenectady County Legislature in November. He said he's "seriously considering" it.

Guidarelli, 43, cited time constraints as his main consideration. The city mayor’s job is full time while county legislators are part time.

A resident of Schenectady’s Northside, Guidarelli said he currently has several business ventures that would prevent him from putting in the time required of a mayor.

He owns Roman Villa Restaurant in Rotterdam and he’s a consultant for several companies and agencies in the region, including Warren-Washington ARC. He’ll be running a capital campaign for ARC this year.

“It would not be fair to my commitment there to enter the mayor’s race, as well as other professional commitments I have,” Guidarelli said this morning.

Guidarelli said he arrived at his decision after numerous meetings and discussions with associates over the weekend.

Guidarelli was a leading contender for the Republican nomination in the mayoral race. His candidacy would have made for a three-way race that also would have included Alliance Party founder Roger Hull, the former president of Union College.

Both men had expected to face off against Mayor Brian U. Stratton, a Democrat.

But last week Stratton said he will leave office next month to take a job in state government.

Democrats are urging City Council President Gary McCarthy, also a Democrat, to run for mayor. But McCarthy said he would first evaluate his level of support.

As for the GOP nomination, Guidarelli’s decision means that Hull could now pull in the party’s backing, Guidarelli said.

“At this point, I can’t speak for the Republican Party, but I know the Republicans are seeking candidates,” he said. “Supporting Roger is an option, an absolute option.”

Guidarelli would be a knowledgeable and experienced candidate for the county Legislature. He served on the board from 1996 to 2003. Before that, he served on the Schenectady City Council in 1994 and 1995.



February 14, 2011
12:52 p.m.

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Thank you Marv Cermak of the Times Union for the scoop on reporting this story posted an hour earlier on the Times Union website. Thank you Marv! Great Job!

February 14, 2011
3:53 p.m.

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Grin Surprised this article was even available for the internet readers without buying a subscription. For that I say thank you but how come you are missing the boat on getting Schenectady stories out?

I am saddened by Peter not running for Mayor. He would have been a powerful competent leader with a heart who is concerned about the residents! R. Hull on the other hand has shown his colors and spots when he was with Union.

Took thousands of dollars from our tax base buying up the Seward houses.

Real improvement... have you driven down Seward it is a mess with potholes and dips that are terrible. Who was the contractor on the Union R Hull project and why were they not held accountable for that horrible street construction? Seward was never THAT bad before the Union R. Hull project. So the students have fine houses and they can walk to school don't have to drive the awful street while taxpayers ruin their cars!

Hey Gazette would you ever consider doing investigative reporting on that issue and expose the questionable contract and who did the work on that street construction. OOPs probably not because Hull is running for Mayor.

This is such a sad day the Peter decided not to run for Mayor although I understand. My question is what can you do at the county level with someone as-(fill in the blank) as Savage?

February 14, 2011
4:46 p.m.

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Make a lot of money...just like Savage!