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Former investigator to run for sheriff

QUEENSBURY The race for Warren County Sheriff now has a new hat in it. Nathan Bud York announced his intention to run at a press conference last Saturday, surrounded by supporters and media at the Warren County Municipal Center. York, 55, recently retired after 30 years with the State Police, most recently as the senior investigator in Queensbury. He also spent seven years with the State Police Major Crimes Unit and was a road trooper. Former Warren County Sheriff Administrator Robert Swan of Chestertown has agreed to run with York as undersheriff. Swan currently works as an investigator with the county district attorneys office. Ive lived in Warren County since 1964 and Ive spent 20 years of my career here, York said. I have a wealth of knowledge in management and investigation. York graduated from Warrensburg High School just two years before his opponent, incumbent Sheriff Larry Cleveland, and both went into law enforcement. Weve known each other for years, York said. Cleveland is seeking a third term as sheriff, and York blasted him for showing favoritism, doubling his budget, failing to investigate some cases thoroughly and charging ahead with others without adequate evidence. Im not a politician, but an accomplished police officer and manager, York said. I intend to stick to the pure facts of the issues and let the people make their choice. Some already have. Paul Spinelli of Queensbury was among Yorks supporters and is on his election committee. Hes a fine man, and his integrity is beyond reproach, Spinelli said of York. Its time Warren County had a new face and some fresh ideas. York said Cleveland has failed the taxpayers of Warren County by doubling the budget in his eight years in office. Ive been studying the budget and it takes time to learn, but his budget went up 91 percent and thats way too much, York said. York said that Cleveland had asked for 12 more people for his department, which York said is not necessary. Thats way out of proportion, he said. Look at the number of people in Warren County, and the force is adequate now. He said that more cooperation between law enforcement agencies would adequately cover the county. Use the State Police more, he said. York said that the thing he hears the most is Clevelands handling of the Ethan Allen investigation. After the tour boat capsized, claiming the lives of 20 senior citizens, the pilot of the boat wasnt asked to do a breathalyzer test. Cleveland claimed that the pilot had blown in his face and didnt have any alcohol on his breath. That blow in my face thing is not the way to do a breath test, he said. When asked to specify incidents of favoritism or reckless spending, York did not elaborate. I dont want to fire all my bullets now, he said. York said his platform for change is to restore professionalism and integrity to the sheriffs office, eliminate wasteful spending, end discrimination and favoritism to friends and business associates and provide coordinated leadership of all police agencies in Warren County.

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