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Schenectady Dems and GOP announce picks for council

Schenectady Dems and GOP announce picks for council

Mayor Gary McCarthy so far unopposed for re-election
Schenectady Dems and GOP announce picks for council
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SCHENECTADY -- The city's major political party committees have endorsed candidates for City Council, with the Democrats endorsing incumbent candidates for re-election.

Meeting Saturday, the city Democratic Committee endorsed current Council President Ed Kosiur, former council president Leesa Perazzo and John Polimeni. It also endorsed Carmel Patrick, who is chairman of the board of trustees at the Schenectady County Public Library, for the seat now held by independent Vincent Riggi.

The previous week, the committee endorsed incumbent Mayor Gary McCarthy for a third four-year term.

City Republicans, meanwhile, are fielding three candidates for City Council seats, including Riggi, who has received Republican endorsements in the past, even though he is an independent.

The GOP has also endorsed Rima Cerone, who ran for the counsel unsuccessfully in 2017, and Brandon Nally, a political newcomer who has rehabilitated multi-family houses in the Goose Hill neighborhood, said city Republican Chairman Philip Aydinian. Cerone is president of the 12309 Neighborhood Association, active in Neighborhood Watch and other activities, and works in the budget office at the Albany International Airport.

To date, Aydinian said, the party has found no one who will challenge McCarthy, though the party is still looking.

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"We're holding out hope that some of our leads will be fruitful, but we're happy with the slate we have for council," Aydinian said.

City Democratic Chairman Richard Naylor said the Democratic Committee also endorsed Carl Falotico, who is currently the city attorney, for a City Court judgeship that will open up this year with the retirement of Judge Guido Loyola. The Republicans have not endorsed anyone for that seat.

The Democratic Committee's endorsements won't become official until approved by the Schenectady County Democratic Committee, which is scheduled to meet on Feb. 24. Naylor said the party will begin circulating nominating petitions on Feb. 26.

If there are any challengers from within the party, the primary date will be June 25.

Most recently, Kosiur has served on the council since 2014, but he previously served terms on City Council, the Schenectady County Legislature, and the Schenectady City School District Board of Education. He is director of the county Youth Bureau.

Perazzo, human resources manager at Proctors, has served on the council since 2012. Polimeni, who teaches at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will seek his second four-year term.

Patrick, in addition to her library leadership role, is vice president for development at miSci, the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady.

Democrats hold six of the seven City Council seats, with Riggi the only non-Democrat.

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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