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SARATOGA COUNTY — In a June 1 press release, the Saratoga County Republican Committee announced it has endorsed its candidates for the November elections. The committee overwhelmingly endorsed Craig Hayner for County Clerk, incumbent District Attorney Jim Murphy, Michael Zurlo for Sheriff, Susan Hayes-Masa for Coroner, and Judges Tom Nolan and Stan Pritzker for two justice seats on New York Supreme Court, 4th Judicial District.
“Our candidates are all well qualified and exceptional individuals who are ready to serve Saratoga County residents,” committee Chairman John Herrick said in the statement. “No matter what challenges we may face, I know these individuals are strong leaders that will guide our community and continue to make our county one of the safest and most desirable places to live in the state.”
Craig Hayner, a lifelong resident of the town of Halfmoon, is running for county clerk. Hayner has extensive corporate business management experience and is the owner of Hayner’s Ice Cream Hall of Fame LLC. He currently serves as a town councilman, a position he has held for six years.
District Attorney Jim Murphy, a Saratoga Springs native, has served as the county’s DA for 15 years and is seeking reelection. “In his tenure he has helped to make Saratoga County among the safest counties in the state and has one of the highest conviction rates among New York’s counties.” the commitee’s statement reads. “Victims’ rights remain one of his top priorities. He has taken a hard stance with repeat DWI offenders, allowing no plea bargaining. Additionally, he established programs to better prosecute domestic and sexual violence criminals and assist their victims.”
Michael Zurlo, who is running for county sheriff, has 32 years of experience with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. During his law enforcement career he served as deputy sheriff, sergeant, lieutenant, investigator and senior investigator. Prior to his years at the county level, he was a patrolman with the City of Mechanicville Police Department for four years. Previously to his run for office he served as a Town of Stillwater Justice.
Susan Hayes-Masa is a deputy coroner and has worked in the Saratoga County Coroner’s office since 1995. She has completed the Medical Examiner/Coroner 101 Course. Hayes-Masa works as the Director of Donor Services at the Lions Eye Bank. She has worked with the Coroners Pathologists in dealing with relative facts surrounding the deaths of those falling under the jurisdiction of the coroner’s office and is a certified surgical technician.
Judge Tom Nolan has served as Justice to the New York State Supreme Court in the 4th Judicial District since 2000. He has been rated “highly qualified” twice by the New York State Judicial Screening Committees. Prior to his election to the State Supreme Court Nolan served as Saratoga County Family Court Judge.
Stan Pritzker, who is also running for New York State Supreme Court, has served as Washington County Judge since 2005 and a full-time acting Supreme Court Judge since 2007. He serves on the New York State Family Court Rules Committee as the 4th Judicial District representative.
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