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Candidates sparring for town offices

Fueling the supervisor race are allegations by Baker that Geraghty has been extravagant with the taxpayers' money - which Geraghty supporters vehemently dispute. Baker has also said he plans to work toward lowering assessments, but Geraghty said such an aim is not only impractical, it's not possible under the state's governmental system.

Geraghty notes his fiscal cost-cutting has been proven as county budget officer - under his tenure this year, dozens of positions have been eliminated, and spending on programs and bureaucracy has been cut by millions of dollars. But Baker has said he wants to make further cuts not only at the county level, but in town government.

Both Baker and Geraghty say they've been prudent with the taxpayers' money. Geraghty's been supervisor for four years, and Baker served in the post from 1988 through 1997.

In Thurman, new Supervisor Lawrence "Red" Pitkin (Ic., I) is challenged by long-time assessor Thomas "Tuck" Birdsall (R). Democratic candidate Randy Oppitz dropped out of the race Friday, but his name will still be on the ballot.

Three G.O.P candidates are seeking two open board seats - candidates are former Warrensburg Central School Athletic Director Albert Vasak (R) and incumbent Charles Bills (R) are challenged by former Town Justice candidate Glenda Duell (I).

In Stony Creek, vying for Town Supervisor will be incumbent Frank Thomas (R,Ic), challenged by Tara Tremaine Fisher (C). Battling for Superintendent of Highways are incumbent Neil Bradley (R, I), challenged by Ian Thomas (I). For the town board, incumbent Bill Liebl (R) is challenged by Harry Paul Gill (I) and Gus Kanakis (C).

In the town of Bolton, Republican Ronald Conover (R,Ic.), a retired city planner, is seeking the Supervisor post, as well as Alexander "Zandy" Gabriels (I), who held the office from 2002 through 2007. For two town board seats, incumbent Owen James Maranville (R, Ic) is challenged by Gregory R. Smith (R) and Ed Corcoran (D). For Highway Superintendent, incumbent Timothy A. Coon (R) is challenged by William A. Sherman (I) and Anton Cooper (C).

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