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Saratoga, Schenectady counties host village elections

Saratoga, Schenectady counties host village elections

A few contentious races
Saratoga, Schenectady counties host village elections
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The Saratoga County Board of Elections doesn’t run village elections, but it does lend support.

This spring, the county elections arm has been busier than usual thanks to a few contentious races that will culminate with voters heading to the polls Tuesday, said William Fruci, the Democratic commissioner of elections. 

“We’ve been fielding here at our office more calls related to the village elections,” he said. “Voters are calling to check the hours of the elections, whether they’re registered for the election, the polling places. I expect a little more turnout.”

While villages are in charge of their own elections in the spring — rather than the fall, when local races become the responsibility of the county Board of Elections — more villages are using the board’s machines for this election than in previous years, Fruci said. “Some of them just use a paper ballot and they have a ballot box.”

“We’re here to support them throughout the day in the event there’s any machine issues to help troubleshoot those issues,” he said. “They’re borrowing our machines — they recruited the inspectors to operate the machines.”

Saratoga County has three contested elections. In Ballston Spa, where the Board of Trustees and mayor are all Republican and have been for many years, two Democrats hope to add some political diversity to the board. They are running against two Republicans for two trustee seats. The Republican village justice also has a Democratic challenger.

In South Glens Falls, it's a three-way race for the mayor position. The current Republican mayor, Joseph Orlow, is running on the Just Joe Orlow party line after the local GOP gave the nomination to another Republican, and a Democrat is also on the ballot. Three are running for two trustee seats. 

In Schuylerville, the mayor’s race is wide open, with two seeking the post being vacated by longtime mayor John Sherman. The trustee race is also contested.

In Schenectady County, the mayor of Delanson faces a challenge. The county’s only other village, Scotia, holds its elections in November. 

Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. in most villages with elections Tuesday (unless otherwise noted below). Here’s a rundown of who’s on the ballot for each village where voters will have a choice: 


Ballston Spa*

Trustee (2 seats): 

Bruce Couture (Republican)

Ron Henry (Republican — incumbent)

Shawn Raymond (Democrat) 

Noah Shaw (Democrat)

Justice (one seat):

Michael Morrisey (Republican — incumbent)

Erika Tebbens (Democrat)

Polling location: Union Fire House on Milton Avenue for village residents north of Kayaderosseras Creek; Eagle Matt Lee Fire House on Washington Street for residents south of the creek

*Polls open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

South Glens Falls


Harry Gutheil (Republican)

Brigid Martin (Democrat)

Joseph Orlow (Just Joe Orlow — incumbent)

Trustee (2 seats):

Nicholas Bodkin (Republican)

Christine Elms (Green)

Anthony Girard (Republican — incumbent)

Polling location: Village Complex, 46 Saratoga Ave.



Daniel Carpenter (Democrat)

Jason Young (Republican)

Trustee (2 seats):

Bryan Drew (Democrat)

James Miers (Republican — incumbent)

Nicole Proctor (Republican, Democrat)

Polling location: Village Hall, 35 Spring St.




Gayle Gifford (Civic Pride — incumbent)

Joshua Menzies (Family Pride)


Joshua O’Connor (New Beginnings)

Polling location: Village Hall, 1797 Main St.

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