Candidates for public office have been speaking for months. On Tuesday, the people will speak. Polls will open for Election Day, and men and women will cast votes for politicians who want to be elected, selected and respected. It’s always an emotional night. In 1977, men who won their races celebrated with friends when their winning numbers were announced. Gazette file photos by Sid Brown and Jim Cassin.
By 1977, four women had spent more than 20 years as election clerks at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Mason Street in Schenectady. From left, the clerks are Liz Ferro, Mary Stevener, Margaret Fatato (standing, with voter) and Josephine Zalondeck (helping a voter sign in).
Dave Roberts, re-elected to a second term on Schenectady’s City Council in 1977, celebrates with Mary Hangarter, left, and Betty Balcomb. Roberts was then the council’s majority leader.
A booster for Schenectady city Councilman Dave Roberts might be spreading the news about Roberts' re-election to the council on Nov. 8, 1977.
Raymond A. Zanta, left, and Rudy Lasak, right, celebrate their 1977 elections to the Schenectady County Board of Representatives on Nov. 8, 1977. Edward D. Cammarota, chairman of the county Republican Committee, smiles in the center.
John B. Poersch, who had just been elected to his first term as Schenectady County's district attorney, smiles with wife and sons Jeffrey (next to his mother) and John Jr.