The son of a former Schenectady mayor is making a push to become the Republican candidate for a recently vacated City Council seat.
Alex Jurczynski, son of former mayor Albert Jurczynski, plans to run for the Schenectady City Council post previously held by John Ferrari, saying he hopes to help the city he’s lived in his whole life excel. Ferrari resigned as city councilor last week, and his replacement will be determined via election in November.
“I’ve been around it my whole life,” Alex said of growing up while his dad served as mayor. “I’ve loved Schenectady my whole life. I’ve seen what it was; I’ve seen what it is, and I would love to see Schenectady thrive.”
Alex’s candidacy won’t be official until he gets the nod from the city GOP Committee.
Alex, 25, is going into his third year as head baseball coach at Hudson Valley Community College. He said it would be a great opportunity to add some youth to the council. Ferrari was in his late 20s when he was elected.
Alex said he prides himself on teamwork and bringing people together, adding he believes he could do that on City Council.
Michael Cuevas, chairman of the Schenectady GOP Committee, said the organization is hoping to have a candidate selected by the end of the week. Committee leaders put out a request for members to advise them of any interested candidates, Cuevas said, adding he has heard Alex expressed interest.
“We’re not sure whether there are going to be others interested, but we indicated that this is a time-sensitive matter, so we need to be prepared to act in a short time frame,” Cuevas said.
The quick turnaround to get a campaign together will push Alex, he said, but he dealt with a similar situation when he was hired as the interim baseball coach only a couple months before the season started.
“You can’t sit back on your heels and let it play its course,” he said. “You just have to take the wheel and go.”
The Republican candidate for the City Council seat faces unfavorable numbers in terms of registered voters. The city of Schenectady includes nearly three times as many registered Democrats as Republicans.
Albert Jurczynski, also a Republican, served as Schenectady’s mayor from 1996 until 2003. In a Facebook post Monday morning, Albert mentioned there would be a fundraiser later in the month for his son’s campaign.
Ferrari resigned Sept. 6 and he has not responded to multiple requests for comment on that decision. The Democrats are expected to support Karen Zalewski-Wildzunas for the open seat.
Zalewski-Wildzunas serves on the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority’s board of directors and previously ran for City Council in 2015. She lost that election by fewer than 200 votes but said she’s interested in running again in November for Ferrari’s seat.
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