Niskayuna Republicans endorse four candidates

Supervisor Syed gets nod for another two-year term
Niskayuna Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed is pictured in her office at Town Hall on Jan. 9.
Niskayuna Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed is pictured in her office at Town Hall on Jan. 9.

Niskayuna —  Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed has been endorsed by the town’s Republican Committee for a second two-year term as supervisor.

Republicans made four endorsements Wednesday night during a meeting at Canali’s restaurant in Rotterdam. 

Two candidates for seats on the Town Board include a political veteran and a newcomer. Anthony Simone, who unsuccessfully ran for a board seat in 2017, will try again. Dr. Jerome Chao, a plastic surgeon, will run for the first time.

According to his Facebook page, Chao is chairman of the department of surgery at Saratoga Hospital and chief of the division of plastic surgery at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

Diane O’Donnell, a former member of the Town Board, will run for town clerk.

Syed faces a challenge from Lisa Weber, who is leaving her seat on the Town Board to run for supervisor.

Simone and Chao will run against Democrat incumbent Councilman Bill McPartlon and the party’s Rosemarie Perez Jaquith.

In the 2017 race, incumbent board members Denise Murphy McGraw and John Della Ratta won re-election over Simone and Republican Thomas McGarry. McGraw received 3,565 votes, while Della Ratta tallied 3,214 votes.

McGarry finished with 2,969 votes and Simone received 2,861.

O’Donnell, who did not seek re-election to the board in 2009, will challenge incumbent Town Clerk Michele Martinelli

Republicans do not have a candidate for town justice; Democrat incumbent Steve Swinton will run unopposed.

Syed, who won her first two-year term in 2017, announced her intent to run for re-election in January.

“We are a diverse slate, both ethnically and politically, and we are going to be running on the intention of ending the political game-playing that’s been going on,” Syed said. “We want to show you can have people from diverse backgrounds come together and work together for the benefit of our residents.”

Syed explained how she perceives “game-playing.”

“One of the reasons I ran last time was the one-party rule in lock step together, doing what was best for themselves and not necessarily for the town,” Syed said. “That shouldn’t be happening any more.”

Contact Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 518-395-3124 or at [email protected]


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