Town board member Mike Aragosa is aiming for supervisor Chris Koetzle’s job in Tuesday’s election.
Both candidates have said if they are elected they support the creation of Legacy Park to honor veterans and active military. They have both said they plan to focus on revitalizing Freemans Bridge Road too. However, each has his own way of going about it.
Aragosa, a Democrat on the board the last five years, said he plans to connect with county and Metroplex officials to discuss ways to develop not only the road, which has vacant properties, but also the East Glenville Route 50 corridor and West Glenville Route 5 corridor.
Koetzle, supervisor since 2009, wants to revitalize Freemans Bridge Road, so it resembles what was done with town center, including mixing businesses and beautification elements.
This is where their priorities, if elected, diverge.
Aragosa, also to appear on the Glenville Forward ballot line, wants to establish a shared services program with Scotia. He said one of his first meetings as supervisor would be with Scotia Mayor Tom Gifford to discuss how that would operate.
He said he wants to grow the youth programs, including reaching out to the Schenectady Boys and Girls Club about whether they can expand into the town.
Aragosa said he also has plans to implement evening hours at town hall once a week for residents unable to visit during normal business hours.
“As I travel throughout town knocking on doors, a consistent part of the conversation is change is overdue,” Aragosa said. “I plan to lead from the middle, including all residents regardless of party.”
Koetzle, a Republican also running on the Conservative line, wants to continue developing the parks in town. One part of moving that work forward would be establishing a parks department to serve residents and youth leagues. Part of developing the parks, he said, would also be adding a pedestrian connection to the town’s Maalwyck Park from Scotia that would finish the trail around the park.
The current supervisor also said he is focused on fiscal responsibility, continuing to use less fund balance and eliminating more town debts.
Lastly, he wants to continue making Glenville a Climate Smart Community, which is a state program that helps municipalities reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
“I’ve delivered for the people of Glenville and, in contrast to my opponent, only I have the vision, experience and leadership to keep the progress going in Glenville,” Koetzle said.
On Tuesday, two town board seats are also on the ballot. The candidates are as follows:
- Kaitlyn Cook — Republican, Community Leader ballot lines
- Michael Godlewski (incumbent) — Democrat, Conservative, Working Families
- Jenny Lippman — Democrat, Working Families
- Sid Ramotar — Republican, Conservative