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Absentee ballots will change the dynamics of the Glanville board

glanville supervisor

Mike Aragosa (D) – 2,481

Chris Coetzl (R) – 4,959

two board seats

Caitlin Cook (R) – 3,631

Mike Godlevsky (D) – 3,654

Jenny Lippman (D) – 2,900

Sid Ramotar (R) – 3,974

No matter how absentee ballots turn out, the makeup of the Glenville Town Board will change.

Either there will be a lone Democrat on the board or Republicans will gain full control of the board for the first time in four years.

The election board sent 611 absentee ballots to the city, of which 343 were returned, said current city supervisor Chris Coetzle, who was re-elected Tuesday evening.

He defeated Democratic rival and current board member Mike Aragosa for the top spot. This will be Coetzl’s fourth term as supervisor. He will now become the city’s longest-serving supervisor, he said on Wednesday.

“I was pleased with the difference,” Coetzle said. “It’s a sign that the people of Glanville are very happy with the direction the city is going.”

In the race for board seats, Republican Sid Ramotar is expected to secure the seat left by Aragosa.

Ramotar previously served on the board from 2010 to 2105, but resigned to take a federal job with the Small Business Administration. Now that he is serving as the vice chairman of TD Bank, he wants to run for the board seat again, he said.

He said he is excited to be back on board.

However, the other board seat is too close to call. On Wednesday, Democrat Mike Godlewski was 23 votes ahead of Republican nominee Caitlin Cook.

Coetzl said that in the past 15 years he had never seen absentees running for a Glenville town board seat.

“We’ll have to see how these absentees play out,” Coetzl said. “I think Caitlyn ran a great run. The amount of support she got as a newcomer was great. She seems to have done pretty well in Scotia Village.”

But Godlewski is optimistic that absentee ballots will turn in his favor. He said he, Aragosa and Democratic board mate Jesse McGuire all worked hard to get their message across to voters.

“I certainly respect the wishes of the voters,” he said.

Should Godlewski retain his seat, Coetzl said he expects to work with Democrats alone on a range of issues.

“I called Mike today and told him we don’t see this as a 4-1 majority dynamic,” Coetzl said.

He said he would work with Godlevsky and ensure he was on par with the board.

“Mike and I have a great relationship personally I think and have similar goals,” he said. “I think there are a lot of things we can work on together.”

Godlevsky felt the same way about his potential future position with the city.

For example, upgrading Indian Meadows Park is a goal shared by both Godlevsky and Coetzl.

Godlevsky, however, said he would express his opinion if he remained a member of the board and did not agree with anything.

Coetzl said he is excited about the future. He intends to continue working to create a separate parks department in the city to manage the various parks that the city oversees. He wants to make operations in the city more efficient and keep taxes down.

14,170 votes were cast in the race for two seats on the town board. Ramotar said more people needed to come out and vote. According to data from the Schenectady County Board of Elections, Glenville has a total of 21,395 registered voters, with 7,035 registered as Democrats and 6,652 as Republicans.

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