Constantine, Buhrmaster sent back to Legislature

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BY KATE BUNSTER
Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — James R. Buhrmaster and Thomas P. Constantine will continue to hold seats on the Schenectady County Legislature for District 3.

Each seat on the legislative board is a four-year term. The two will once again join with current District 3 legislators Rory L. Fluman and Grant M. Socha, whose terms aren’t up until 2017.
Constantine, a Democrat, led the way with 5,000 votes, or 29 percent, while Republican Buhrmaster received 4,604, or 27 percent.

During his campaign, Buhrmaster acknowledged the need for diversity in government, saying that the system works best when there is a convergence of ideas. He also campaigned to address high taxes in Niskayuna, which he says wasn’t an issue 12 years ago when he was first elected.

According to Buhrmaster, the Democrats sent out postcards with accusatory and untrue statements just before the election, which he chose not to respond to.

“As the only Republican, I am the minority here so I think people have faith in me. The Democrats went out of their way to get rid of me, but I took the high road.”

Constantine ran alongside William H. Levering, a Democrat, who finished third with 3,581 votes. (21 percent), while Republican Jill L. Dunster was fourth with 3,291 (19 percent). Elmer F. Bertsch and Alex Brownstein also ran.

William D. McPartlon and Lisa J. Weber, both Democrats, will occupy the two seats that were up for Niskayuna Town Board. McPartlon got 2,488 votes and Weber wasn’t far behind with 2,136 votes; they beat out Andrew P. Bigness and Nicholas J. Gerace for the two seats.

McPartlon and Weber have children in the Niskayuna Central School District, a point which they used to their advantage in their campaign to show they know the needs of the community best.

“Lisa Weber and I were successful in our campaign. I’m looking forward to keeping Niskayuna a great place,” said McPartlon.

McPartlon was born and raised in Niskayuna and serves on the town Planning Board. Weber is the Schenectady County coordinator for the court-appointed Special Advocates for Children of New York State.

Joe Landry, who had no opposition, will continue to serve as the Niskayuna town supervisor, as well as Michelle Martinelli as town clerk and Stephen Swinton as town justice.