Berne Democrats won't bother with this year's election
Noah Zweifel reports in the Altamont Enterprise that Democrats in Berne in southern Albany County aren't bothering with this year's election. The Berne Democratic Committee decided not to endorse any candidates in this year's election. They are not running any candidates even though they claim that the current Republican-controlled town board, “has not followed the law and has shown no regard for working with all members of the board.” There are only two town board seats and a justice position in this year's election, so Democrats are saying they are not running any candidates because they could not win a majority even if all their candidates won. A statement from Berne Democrats says, “It is not possible to make changes by running candidates this November with the limited Town Board seats that are available.... This is because this board has disregarded town code, state law, improperly managed town finances as certified by the Comptroller of NY, and has taken constitutional protections away from every citizen of Berne — all by showing that they will not work together for the betterment of the town and follow the law." So, instead, Democrats are planning for the 2025 election. Berne Republicans endorsed incumbent Al Thiem and planning board chair Joe Martin for town board, and Jeff Harvey for justice in this year's election. Read the full story in the Altamont Enterprise.