Republicans Reign in Local Elections

By Ashley Lucas
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Republican candidate John Fantauzzi, was elected Tuesday, Nov. 2 to serve as the Ballston Town Justice over Democratic challenger James Breen.

Fantauzzi, 41, who obtained 2,119 votes, according to the Saratoga County Board of Elections, will begin serving his four-year term in January.

Tuesday night marked the end of a contentious election between the two candidates, which began when they vied for the Republican endorsement in August, and a nomination in the primary election.  Breen, 50, who received 1,164 votes, has been an attorney for 22 years.

Fantauzzi, who grew up in the Town of Ballston, served as Ballston Town Justice for one year, after the retirement of the previous justice in 2006, he said. He is a graduate of the Law School at William and Mary, and lives with his wife and four kids in Ballston.

In the 43rd Senate District Republican Sen. Roy McDonald was re-elected to his second term as senator.  He was elected in 2008, after serving as an assemblyman for six years in the 112th Assembly District, representing parts of Rensselaer, Washington and Saratoga counties, including the towns of Saratoga, Malta, Northumberland, Wilton and Stillwater. McDonald was challenged by Democratic candidate Joanne Yepsen, who obtained 21, 422 votes.

Incumbent Assemblyman James Tedisco easily won in his race against BK Keramati. Tedisco, who won by 7, 299 votes according to the Saratoga County Board of Elections, has served in the Assembly for 28 years. Tedisco represents the 110th Assembly District, which includes portions of Schenectady and Saratoga counties including Ballston, Charlton, Milton, the City of Saratoga Springs, Greenfield and Galway.

“I’m honored to receive such strong support from the residents of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties to continue to serve as their Assemblyman,” Tedisco said in a statement on his Web site. “I’m proud of the upbeat and positive campaign I’ve run talking about the pocketbook issues that matter most to families.”

Keramati, who offered his congratulations to Tedisco, said in a statement, “I care deeply about the challenges that face us in New York State and in our dear country. After a little breather, I will be exploring ways that I can be of service and make a positive difference.”

Saratoga County elected Jennifer Jensen Bergan to serve as family court judge with 40, 659 votes to her incumbent opponent Robert Rybak’s 31, 056. Bergan, who will serve a 10 year term, has 26 years of experience as an attorney.

In other results:

Kathleen Marchione, who ran unopposed for Saratoga County Clerk, obtained 56,972 votes.

Samuel Pitcheralle received 55, 744 in his unopposed race for Saratoga County Treasurer.


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