By NICOLE ANTONUCCI
A pair of council seats on the Amsterdam town board are currently the only locally contested races in the upcoming election season, according to petitions filed with the Mongtomery County Board of Elections, Thursday.
Four candidates have filed petitions to run for the two council seats left vacant by the election of Terry Bieniek and Alexander Kuchis to the county legislature last year.
Robert Purtell and Mary Maines are seeking to run as Democratic candidates against Republicans Ronald DiCaprio and Jeffrey Kreisel. Purtell also filed a petition as a Conservative.
Other local seats up for election this year include that of county sheriff and county clerk, a part-time judge for Amsterdam city court, and two members for the city citizen review board.
Republican County Sheriff Michael Amato filed a petition seeking re-election. He also filed a petition as an Independence candidate.
James Glorioso, who announced July 4 he was running as the Democratic challenger for the sheriff's seat, did not file a petition by the 5 p.m. deadline.
Glorioso said in an interview that he has decided to run against Amato as an independent candidate.
"I still have the backing of the Democrats but we decided that I would run as an independent instead," he said.
Board of Elections Commissioner Terrance Smith said petitions for independent candidates will be accepted in August.
County Clerk Helen Bartone is also seeking re-election and filed petitions as a Democratic and Conservative candidate.
Part-time City Judge and Democrat Lisa Lorman, of Amsterdam, filed a petition seeking re-election to the 6-year seat.
Democrat Kenneth R. Mazur, of Amsterdam, filed for the full-term position on the city citizens' review board. No petition was filed for the 1-year unexpired term on the board.
Republican Delegates and Alternate Delegates for the 4th Judicial District at the state convention were also filed earlier in the week. Delegate candidates include Montgomery County Attorney and Amsterdam lawyer Douglas E. Landon, and Attorney John L. Kirkpatrick of Fort Plain. Alternates are Kris Singh and Michael Dayian.
Voters in Montgomery County will also elect their state senator and assemblyman, their federal congressmen, governor, comptroller and attorney general.