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Glenville official seeks county office

Glenville official seeks county office

Glenville Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant won’t seek re-election this fall, opting instead to run for

Glenville Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant won’t seek re-election this fall, opting instead to run for the Schenectady County Legislature.

Boulant, a Republican elected to the Town Board in 2009, said he wants the county to run more like a business. His top issues are seeking privatization of the county-owned Glendale Home and lowering taxes.

He said the nursing home should be turned over to a private entity.

“I think once that Glendale’s built, I think it’s going to be a $13 to $15 million drain on the county taxpayers. That’s absolutely foolish. If it was privatized, we wouldn’t have to be subsidizing it and that money could be used for other programs.”

He also criticized the county Legislature for exceeding the tax cap.

Boulant said he would even go so far as to eliminate the county Legislature itself and consolidate and share services between departments. “We’ve got municipalities around us with the board of supervisors. Why do we need two levels [of government]?

Boulant is the owner of Solid Surface Craftsman.

He said if he loses, he will retire from politics. “I don’t want to be a career politician.”

Eight seats are up for election this year, three of them in District 3, which encompasses Glenville and Niskayuna.

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