NISKAYUNA – With just a little over a week to go until the Niskayuna Democratic and Republican committees must announce candidates to run in a special November election for the vacant town board seat both committees are still working through possible candidates.
The committees must let the county Board of Elections office know by July 22 whom they will support to replace Rosemarie Perez Jaquith after she announced she was resigning her seat effective July 1 because she was moving to Washington D.C.
The Democratic Committee is expected to meet July 19 to pick its candidate, said Denise Murphy McGraw, who is the chairwoman of the committee for the town.
“As is standard practice, the Executive Committee will meet prior to interviewing all interested candidates,” she said in an emailed statement Tuesday afternoon.
She said there are five or six candidates expected to be interviewed.
One of the people seeking the Democratic candidacy is Nicholas Buonanno. Buonanno, who is a newer resident of Niskayuna, sent an email to committee members Tuesday seeking their support.
“I’ve had a goal for several years to get involved in local politics,” he said in the email. “As a member of the media for over five years now, I’ve been able to see firsthand just how much of an impact local officials can have in the community they represent and with helping their constituents. Seeing how local elected officials can really make a positive difference in their communities, I knew that this was something I wanted to do in my community.”
Buonanno is an editor with MediaNews Group, which owns The Record in Troy, The Saratogian in Saratoga Springs, Community News in Saratoga Springs and The Oneida Daily Dispatch in Oneida. He is also a member of the Schenectady County Young Democrats, the Niskayuna Conservation Advisory Council and is volunteering as the communication director for the Democratic candidates seeking board seats this November.
Buonanno said he believes his time spent covering local government has given him an idea of what works and doesn’t work and his communication skills will facilitate his sharing information with residents. He also said he is “committed to a smart growth approach to development.”
Buonanno would not elaborate further.
“I am seeking the Niskayuna Democratic Committee’s nomination for the vacant Town Board seat, however, I have no further comment until after the committee formally nominates their candidate,” he said in an emailed statement Tuesday afternoon.
County Republican Committee Chairman Chris Koetzle said the three or four people have expressed interest in running for the seat.
“We hope to have interviews set up shortly,” he said.