NISKAYUNA -- Michelle Ostrelich, a Democrat who ran for the state Senate last year, on Thursday officially announced her campaign for the Schenectady County Legislature.
Ostrelich, an attorney, will be running in Legislature District 3, which represents Niskayuna, Glenville and Scotia.
Last year, Ostrelich made her first bid for public office when she challenged one of the Capital Region's most prominent politicians -- state Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville, who represents the 49th Senate District. While she lost, Ostrelich's campaign noted that she won Niskayuna by double-digits.
Ostrelich has attended recent meetings of the County Legislature and her plans were widely known, but Thursday was her official announcement.
“After the election, I was repeatedly asked, ‘What’s next?’” Ostrelich said in an announcement. “I took a short time to determine what that next step would be, but I always knew I would stay in public service."
Ostrelich, who is running with incumbent County Legislator Tom Constantine of Niskayuna, is seeking the seat currently held by Republican James Buhrmaster of Glenville, a veteran legislator who said last week he won't seek re-election.
Among the local issues Ostrelich said she hopes to tackle in the County Legislature would be ensuring effective delivery of health and human service programs, and strengthening intergovernmental relationships, especially in the areas of economic development, shared services and efficiency.