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Coeymans officials looking at extending the town supervisor's term

Jan 19, 2022 5:15 am

Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Capital Region Independent Media the Coeymans Town Board is considering the possibility of extending the town supervisor’s term from two to four years. If the board agrees to double the length of the term, the change would go into effect after the 2023 election. Deputy Town Supervisor Daniel Baker introduced the proposal at the January 13 board meeting. “We did a little research on this. All of Albany County government, everybody — county executive, comptroller, the sheriff — everybody in Albany County government is all four-year terms,” Baker said. “The village of Ravena, everybody there is also a four-year term. The only one in the town of Coeymans that is not a four-year term is the supervisor’s seat.” Town board members, town clerk and highway superintendent all serve four-year terms. The law would include a mandatory referendum, giving voters the chance to be heard on the issue. Current Supervisor George McHugh was re-elected to a second two-year term in November 2021 and the seat will be up for election again in 2023. During the town board discussion, McHugh stressed that if the change is made, it would not apply to the term that just commenced. “If the mandatory referendum passes, it has nothing to do with the term I am in,” McHugh said. “It is for future terms, which I may not be a part of, so it has nothing to do with me.” McHugh noted that a two-year term makes it difficult to complete long-term projects such as the park renovation currently underway. No decisions were made on the proposal during the January 13 meeting. Read the full story at The Upstater [dot] com.