Schenectady County

GOP hopes to regain control of Scotia board

The Scotia-Glenville Republican Committee has endorsed candidates to run for village mayor and two t

Republicans hope to take back control of Scotia come November.

The Scotia-Glenville Republican Committee has endorsed candidates to run for village mayor and two trustee seats in the November election, as well as candidates for village and town of Glenville justice positions.

For its part, the Scotia-Glenville Democratic Committee endorsed four incumbents, as well as a political newcomer running for Glenville town justice.

Glenville Receiver of Taxes Patrick Aragosa was endorsed by Republicans to run against Mayor Kris Kastberg, who was endorsed by the Democrats.

“We have put a dedicated, qualified and passionate team together for the village of Scotia and the town of Glenville,” Dave Lindsay, the Republican committee chairman, said in a news release. “For too long we have heard what the village used to be like. It’s time to take part in the growth and prosperity happening all around the village instead of just sitting back and watching it happen.”

Aragosa was treasurer for the village of Scotia from 1983 to 1998 and comptroller for the town of Rotterdam from 1998 to 2011. Kastberg, before starting as mayor in 2006, was a village trustee for four years.

The Republican committee also endorsed Jill Dunster-Wesley, a dispatcher and toll collector for the state Thruway Authority, and Keven Mathes, an assistant vice president at KeyBank, for village trustee positions. Theodore “Chip” Cayer, a security guard for Strikeforce Protective Services at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Scotia-Glenville school bus driver, was endorsed for village justice, and Jennifer McPhail, a paralegal, was endorsed for town justice.

The other incumbents endorsed by Democrats, in addition to Kastberg, are 12-year trustee Joe Rizzo; Gregg Zeman, who was appointed trustee in December 2013; and Judge Jason Frament, who has been village justice since 2006. The Democrats endorsed Brian de La Fleur, an attorney in private practice, for Glenville town justice.

De La Fleur and McPhail are seeking the Glenville town justice seat left open by Brian Mercy’s resignation last month. Richard Moran, a retired Glenville town justice, was appointed to serve as interim justice through the end of the year.

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