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Campaign mailers rile Niskayuna candidates

NISKAYUNA — A Democratic Committee campaign mailer prompted a swift and firm response Monday from Republican town supervisor candidate Yasmine Syed. She called the campaign material an “outrageous piece of hate mail,” and called for an apology. The mailer features pictures of nationally-recognized…



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School board hopefuls participate in forum

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter The three candidates running for the single spot on the Niskayuna Central School District Board of Education came together on Oct. 2 to answer audience questions. The election to replace Patricia Lanotte, who resigned from…


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3 candidates pursuing open school board seat

As of 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, three candidates had filed the appropriate paperwork to run for a single seat on the Niskayuna Central School Board of Education. Brian Backus, Christina Calabrese and Noney Grier will face off in a…


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Election races take shape in town

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Election season has arrived in Niskayuna, and this year will see some candidates fighting for seats and others running unopposed. Democrat Joe Landry is seeking his sixth term as town supervisor. He will…


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Niskayuna school board candidates David Apkarian, Jennifer Zhao and Rosemarie Perez Jaquith answered audience questions at the PTO Council-sponsored Meet the Candidate Night.

Candidates field questions at forum

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — School district residents had the chance to meet Niskayuna Board of Education candidates and listen to them answer audience questions for an hour and a half on May 2. First-time candidate Jennifer Zhao…



NYS Senator Hugh Farley, left, answers a question with candidate Madelyn Thorne in the Black Box Theatre at Schenectady High School Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Photo by Peter R. Barber/Gazette photographer

Candidates gather to not debate

Common Core, abortion rights hot topics at forum By NED CAMPBELL Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY — It wasn’t a debate, but there was plenty of debating going on. Candidates for state, county and city offices took turns debating topics such as…