Hoosick Falls mayor, trustee candidates running unopposed

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — A single candidate for mayor and three candidates for the Village Board will all run unopposed under the Taxpayer's Party ticket in next month's local election.

The village election will be held on Tuesday, March 21. Voting will take place between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the village hall. The last day to register with the Rensselaer County Board of Elections is March 10.

Robert Allen is the unopposed candidate for village mayor, according to Village Clerk Ann Bornt. David Borge, who is currently serving his second term as mayor, announced last month that he would not seek re-election.

Allen, a music teacher at Hoosick Falls Central School who lives in the village with his family, has been vocal on the water contamination in the village. He's spoken at meetings and last summer's legislative hearings and has also made videos about the issue. One of those was a critical response to a video that included Mark Ruffalo, in which the actor praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration for its environmental initiatives.

In addition to electing a new mayor, village voters will also cast ballots to fill three open seats on the Village Board.

Two trustees are seeking re-election: Kevin O'Malley and Robert Ryan.

Newcomer Brian Bushner is running for the third open seat. It's currently held by Ric DiDonato, the deputy mayor, who is not seeking re-election.

The mayor position and trustee seats are all two-year terms.

Borge announced in January that he would not seek another term. He was first elected in 2013 and then again in 2015, running unopposed both times. He previously served as a trustee.

"It has been an honor to be mayor of our village, however I am at a point in my life when it is important for me to spend more time with my family," Borge said in a statement last month.

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.


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