Joseph S. Hoffman, Roger P. Kambour and W. Edward Antkowiak were all smiles on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1963. It was Election Night, and the three Democrats had just won seats on the Schenectady County Board of Supervisors. Their victories helped give Democrats majority control of the board. Democrats also took over City Hall 50 years ago. Chester Godlewski, Raymond E. DeMatteo and Edward G. Wallingford were all victorious in their races for City Council spots. Meanwhile, Schenectady Mayor Malcolm Ellis represented one of the few bright spots for local Republicans, but there were some tense hours involved in his victory.
Democrats were in a celebratory mood on Nov. 5, 1963 — they had just taken control of Schenectady’s City Council for the first time since 1951. From left are victors Chester Godlewski, Raymond E. DeMatteo and Edward G. Wallingford.
Schenectady Mayor Malcolm Ellis offers a nervous smile on Election Day. Ellis was locked in a tight race with Democratic opponent Dr. Fred Isabella — a race Ellis would eventually win by 127 votes. Providing support are, from left, Thomas Moynihan of the Schenectady County Republican Committee and campaign workers George “Tom” D’Annunzio and Robert Kochendorfer.
Joseph S. Hoffman gets a playful slap from Theodore Birbilis. Democrat Hoffman had just won election as Fourth Ward supervisor; Birbilis was campaign coordinator for the Democrats’ big autumn.
Democrat Roger P. Kambour holds election papers and smiles after winning the city’s First Ward supervisor’s race. Sharing Kambour’s victory are campaign worker James D. Schmitt, center, and campaign manager Victor Girard.
W. Edward Antkowiak, who won election as Schenectady’s Sixth Ward supervisor on Nov. 5, 1963, celebrates victory with his wife, Teresa, and son Michael.
Congressman Leo W. O’Brien, left, raises the arm of former wrestling champ Carroll “Pink” Gardner. Gardner, a Democrat, had just won re-election to his 10th consecutive three-year term.