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Village elections are Tuesday, March 20

Mar 14, 2018 8:00 am

Columbia-Greene Media is reporting on three village elections to be held Tuesday, March 20. Candidates in two of the three contests are running unopposed. In the village of Athens, Gail Lasher, Michael Siciliano and Stephan Bradicich are competing for two available seats. Incumbent Lasher, 60, is a graduate of Coxsackie-Athens High School and is employed as manager of the TJ Maxx store in Hudson. She is seeking her fifth term as a village trustee. If re-elected, Lasher said she wants to see more development and more businesses open up on Second Street. Siciliano, 69, was educated in Chicago, Torrance, Calif. and Boston, and currently works as a senior loan originator for Homestead Funding Corp. He is a Republican and a 30-year resident of Athens. If elected, he hopes to keep the village budget as low as possible and to pass on lower taxes to residents. Brandicich, 49, was educated in Virginia and Boston, is a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran and is employed by Global Foundries. This is Democrat Brandicich's second go at a village board seat. If elected, Bradicich wants to drive the idea of long-term thinking and planning for the village budget, he said. He also believes the board must invest in the village’s infrastructure. Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Athens Senior Center, 39 Second Street. In Hunter, two candidates are running unopposed for two open trustee seats. Geraldine Marino, 43, is running on the independent Snowbird party line, and said she will focus on maintaining the roads and "bringing life back to the village," during the coming year. Benjamin Sommers, 70, is running on the independent Barn Owl line. He has lived in Hunter for 54 years, and says that understaffing and roads are the most pressing issues in the village. Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m., at village hall, 7955 Main Street. Two candidates are seeking two open seats on the Philmont Village Board. Barbara Sagal, 68, is running on the Community Party line. She previously served on the board for 14 years. Sagal said she hopes to continue work on a committee to improve Philmont through the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Brownfield Opportunity Area Program. Incumbent Brian Johnson, running on the Heritage Party line, failed to respond to the paper's requests for biographical information and comment. Polls are open noon to 9 p.m., Tue., Mar. 20, at Philmont Village Hall, 124 Main Street. Read all three stories at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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