Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle will be seeking re-election to a fourth term in November, he confirmed Sunday as the Republican party announced a full slate of candidates.
With the two Democrats currently serving on the Town Board up for re-election this year, the Republicans will be seeking to take the seats back with a team that includes former town board member Sid Ramotar and political newcomer Katelyn Cook.
Ramotar served on the Town Board from 2010 to 2015. He resigned in 2015 to avoid any conflict after taking a job with the U.S. Small Business Administration, but is now a bank manager in the private sector. He lives in East Glenville. He and his wife have two adult children.
Cook, who lives in Scotia, is a military wife and mother of two children. Cook said her priorities including making the community more walkable and improving parks, and noted the village of Scotia hasn’t been represented on the Town Board since John Pytlovany retired two years ago.
The town Democrats announced last week that Councilman Michael Aragosa will be its candidate for supervisor. Democratic Councilman Michael Godlewski is seeing re-election, and Jenny Lippman was nominated to run for the seat now held by Aragosa.
Aragosa is a former co-owner of Marty’s True Value Hardware in Schenectady, and says the town should be doing more to support small businesses. Godlewski is an attorney who works in the Schenectady County attorney’s office, while Lippman is a professional engineer who serves on the town Planning and Zoning Commission and has served on other community boards.
Koetzle said he will be running on his record since being elected in 2009, including development of the Town Center and other economic activity, and most recently the town’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which included setting up a program for volunteers to shop for and otherwise assist senior citizens.
“Perhaps there is no physical reminder of the progress we have made over the last 12 years that our Town Center,” Koetzle said. “When I began my administration, it was empty, dark and offered our residents little.”
Among the businesses he said he has worked to attract to the Town Center are Target, Panera, Applebee’s, Starbucks, Five Guys and Aldi’s.
“I am particularly excited to have Sid coming back since he was here in the start of the administration and was part of the economic development revitalization,” Koetzle said.
If re-elected, he said his goals would include continuing to push for redevelopment of the Freeman’s Bridge Road corridor, encouragement of small business, and expansion of the town’s parks and youth programs.
In addition to the supervisor and town board candidates, the GOP endorsed Highway Commissioner Thomas Coppola for re-election. Coppola has been highway commissioner since 2009.