Niskayuna

Election 2021: Puccioni elected Niskayuna supervisor, 1 board seat too close to call

Niskayuna Supervisor-elect Jamie Lynn Puccioni makes her victory speech at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall in Schenectady on Tuesday. Hon. Peter J. Scagnelli, left, and Jessica Brennan look on behind her.
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Niskayuna Supervisor-elect Jamie Lynn Puccioni makes her victory speech at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall in Schenectady on Tuesday. Hon. Peter J. Scagnelli, left, and Jessica Brennan look on behind her.

Democrat Jaime Lynn Puccioni is the next Niskayuna supervisor after beating out Republican opponent Hamayun “Joey” Faizy for the top position.

“I’m thrilled with the results and I’m excited to get to work,” said Puccioni, who was at the Ancient Order of Hibernians celebrating Tuesday night. 

She’s said she’s ready to focus on quality of life issues in Niskayuna, working with the new police chief Jordan Kochan and keeping taxes steady. 

Puccioni received 3,120 votes compared to Faizy’s 2,596. 

Puccioni, an associate professor of literacy teaching and learning at the University at Albany’s School of Education, serves as vice chairwoman of Niskayuna‘s Racial Equity Task Force. She’s lived in the town since 2013.

Fewer people turned out this year to vote for the supervisors — 5,726 — compared to 2019 when there were 6,874 votes cast.

Faizy could not be reached for comment. 

The race for town supervisor and the open board seats was contentious, with both campaigns taking shots at each other leading up to Election Day. 

Republican Jason Moskowitz will take one of the board seats after receiving the most votes of any board candidate running. He got 3,045. It’s too soon to tell whether the other seat will go to either incumbent John Della Ratta or Denise Murphy McGraw. Della Ratta leads his Democratic counterpart with just 61 votes separating them. The Board of Elections could not be reached on how many absentees still remain to be counted in the race. 

In the special election to fill Rosemarie Perez Jaquith’s unexpired term, Democrat Jessica Brennan won against Republican Dave Feiden. 

There was a steady flow of voters Tuesday afternoon at Niskayuna Town Hall. Many had different reasons for turning out to vote locally. 

Joseph Soblosky, a 12-year resident, wouldn’t share who he voted for but said “the democrats are no good at making policy,” just raising taxes and spending money. 

Yeon and Bong Lee turned out to vote Tuesday with the 2020 election and former President Donald J. Trump was still on their mind. They said they wanted to support people who had the same moral standards as them. They wouldn’t share who they voted for, but Bong Lee said “the majority were Democrats.” 

Resident Shadi Sandvik said she voted because it’s an extremely important process to be a part of. 

“These local elections impact how our communities are cared for,” she said. 

She declined to say who she voted for either, but said she hopes the next board can work together. 

“Impasses are not something that helps any of us,” she said. 

Judith Kiernan voted in her 63rd election Tuesday. She began voting when she was 21 — she’s now 83-years-old. She went with her friend Dr. Susan Soni.

“I voted for the party I think will represent all of us,” Kiernan said. 

She wouldn’t say which candidates she thought represented that idea. 

Kiernan, who used to be a poll worker for about 15 years, said she wants a town board that’s fair and honest.

Honesty is not there with the current board, Soni said. 

In other town races, Chris Koetzle will remain the Glenville Supervisor, with 4,959 votes against Mike Aragosa’s 2,481 votes. Republican Mollie Collins will become the next Rotterdam supervisor with 261 more votes than opponent Joseph Guidarelli. Collins received 3,480 votes, while Guidarelli got 3,219.

Supervisor Race

Hamayun “Joey” Faizy (R)- 2,596

Jaime Puccioni (D)- 3,120

Two board Seats

John Della Ratta (D)-2,663

Denise Murphy McGraw (D)- 2,602

Jason Moskowitz (R)- 3,045

Susan Walker (R)- 2,482

One board seat — unfinished term

Jessica Brennan (D)- 3,200

Dave Feiden (R)- 2,417

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