SARATOGA COUNTY — Saratoga County Republicans have announced that four incumbent office-holders will be running for countywide offices this fall.
Sheriff Michael Zurlo, County Clerk Craig Hayner, Surrogate Court Judge Richard Kupferman and Coroner Susan Hayes-Masa jointly announced their plans Friday at an event in Saratoga Springs. The Republican Party has a large enrollment advantage over Democrats countywide, and they may not face any opposition.
Michael Zurlo, 67, a Saratoga County native, was first elected sheriff in 2013. He will be seeking his third four-year term. Previously, he served 31 years as a member of the Sheriff’s Department, holding positions including senior investigator, patrol deputy, criminal investigator, sergeant, and lieutenant. Following retirement from the Department, Zurlo served as a town justice in Stillwater before stepping down to run for sheriff.
“As your sheriff, my goal always has been and always will be to keep our communities safe across Saratoga County,” Zurlo said. “The county is continually recognized as one of the safest counties in the state and I am laser-focused to keep it that way.”
Zurlo said achievements during his first two terms include strengthening interoperability among fire, police and EMS agencies with state-of-the-art computer aided dispatch and a mobile E-911 systems and decreases response times; expanding the school resource officer program; and coordinated the design-build of the county’s new public safety facility.
Zurlo lives in the town of Halfmoon with his wife, Jane. They have two adult children.
Hayner, 53, has been county clerk since 2014. He said under his leadership the clerk’s office and the Saratoga County Department of Motor Vehicles has seen a 12.4% overall increase in revenue. Together, he said the offices have contributed approximately $7.5 million to the county’s revenues.
Hayner is a lifelong resident of the town of Halfmoon, where he resides with his wife, Carolyn. They have four grown children.
First elected in 2012, Kupferman, 59, is seeking his second term as Saratoga County Surrogate Court judge, overseeing administration of estates. He has also been an acting Supreme Court judge. Kupferman has resided in Saratoga County for more than 50 years and has more than 20 years of legal service to Saratoga County and several of its municipalities.
Running for a third term, Hayes-Masa, 66, of Saratoga Springs, was first elected as one of two county coroners in 2013. She has worked for the coroner’s office since 1995. She is accredited by the New York State Association of County Coroners and Medical Examiners, and as a certified surgical technician who has completed the Medical Examiner/Coroner 101 course. She retired as director of donor services with the Lions Eye Bank after 22 years of service.
County Democratic Chairman Todd Kerner said the party will have a candidate for sheriff to run against Zurlo, though he won’t announce a name for several more weeks. He acknowledged challenging Zurlo will be an uphill battle, but said electoral contests are important to accountability. He said they don’t have candidates for the other offices.
“No matter what party is in power, they need to be held accountable,” Kerner said.