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The Town Board is an elected body that enacts town legislation, holds hearings, and passes resolutions on matters involving town government. It is responsible for adopting the annual budget, adopting and amending the town code and broadly addressing issues of concern to the citizens. Salary for this position is $24,197 per year.
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    KATHERINE L BURBANK (Rep, Ref) Realtor

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    MICHELE L COONS (Rep, Ref) Town Board Candidate

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    PAUL C PASTORE (Dem, Ind, Con) Lawyer

  • PATRICIA J SLAVICK (Dem, Ind, Con)

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Campaign Phone (518) 461-8032
Community Involvement Realtor with CM Fox Real Estate, with owner Troy Miller and 50 local realtors Town Of Guilderland Zoning Laws Review (Land Use now) Committee Member-2009-current Member-Westmere Fire Dep. Ladies Auxiliary Coordinated Rodino and Lare fundraisers, School District Adopt a Family program,  Nat’l Night Out Partner in first “Friends of Guilderland Athletics” Community Appeal to raise funds for cut sports. Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiving Services Board of Directors-Board Secretary-2016-2019
Experience and Qualifications Led the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce for almost 7 years, still consult for them Member of the Guilderland Zoning Review Committee for 5 years, revised zoning code Familiar with all of the planning studies of Guilderland’s neighborhoods, Rt 20 and the master plan. Solid relationships with businesses, CDTA, town, library, school, Crossgates Mall, Stuyvesant Plaza, etc.
Biography Lives in Guilderland with husband Steve and 5 kids. Went to University at Albany and holds Masters degree in nonprofit management and graduate certificate in Public Administration.
Occupation and Special Skills Realtor with CM Fox real estate, a Guilderland based agency. Brings her knowledge of the community, local businesses and the area to real estate.
Website, facebook page or other links www.kathyburbank.com Kathy Burbank for town board facebook page
Led the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce for almost 7 years, still consult for them Member of the Guilderland Zoning Review Committee for 5 years, revised zoning code Familiar with all of the planning studies of Guilderland’s neighborhoods, Rt 20 and the master plan. Solid relationships with businesses, CDTA, town, library, school, Crossgates Mall, Stuyvesant Plaza, etc. Extensive community involvement and planned major town wide events for last 10 years.
I have a real interest in economic development.  We need to market our town and support projects that attract home buyers, businesses, and people coming for our amenities; the golf, the parks, shopping and restaurants. We need to keep the taxes low while balancing our budget, grow our reserves and look for new ways to get the larger entities in Guilderland working together to save money- the schools, library and town. We have a good senior program through town hall but we need to plan for aging residents; they pay taxes and make communities stable. More sidewalks and better senior transportation are needed. On a smaller scale, address homeowner needs regarding enforcement; there are areas of blight and dozens of houses violating existing zoning codes that need to be addressed asap.
Campaign Address Guilderland
Campaign Phone (518) 779-3333
Community Involvement Guilderland Babe Ruth Board of Directors Past Guilderland Pop Warner Board of Directors and Head Cheer Coach Past Fort Hunter Fire Department Auxiliary
Experience and Qualifications Managed various CVS Pharmacies, currently the Director of Member Services with RCNYS, being on the boards of Babe Ruth and Pop Warner.
Biography Michele has been a Guilderland resident since the age of four. Her husband of 32 years, Bill, was her high school sweetheart. They have two awesome children, William, 26, who is a Sage College graduate and received his Master’s in Business and Samantha, 21, who is currently a Senior at Siena College. Bill was a Fort Hunter volunteer fireman for 15 years. He held an officer post for 14 of those years moving up the ranks from lieutenant to chief then to president. Michele served the community along side her husband, participating as treasurer of the Fort Hunter Ladies Auxiliary. She also served as an emergency feeding officer. A fixture at Guilderland Pop Warner events, Michele was a head cheer coach for her daughters cheer team for five years. While coaching she served the organization for many years as a board member, even long after her daughter moved up to the high school cheer program. Michele was fundraiser coordinator for most of her time on the Board and also served as cheer coordinator, synchronizing every aspect of the program, during her last two years. Michele is now serving on the board for the Guilderland Babe Ruth Association as the concession manager. Which has become another family affair as her husband is serving as the President of the association, and her son manages the men’s team. Professionally, Michele managed various CVS stores for 15 years. For the past 16 years she has worked at the Retail Council of New York State where she is currently the Director of Member Service and manages the merchant Services department. Michele is also a Real estate professional, working with CMK and Associates Real Estate. Michele is driven, hardworking, goal oriented women who makes good on her promises. Whose sights are set on helping Guilderland progress into the prosperous town it has the potential to be. As a lifetime resident and community figure she hopes to make a difference in our not so small town as a member of the Town Board.
Occupation and Special Skills Director of Member Service for Retail Council of NYS a Trade Association. CVS Pharmacy Manager for almost 20 years. Guilderland Town Comptroller/Human Resource Manager
Website, facebook page or other links Michele L Rieth Coons Facebook Page
As Guilderland Town Comptroller and Human Resources Manager I gained valuable insight into the inner workings of the town. A few of my responsibilities included, monitoring all department spending and purchasing, and assisting in preparing the town budget. As a Town Board Member voting on the budget, I believe having this background knowledge will help me to make more informed decisions on what is best for our town and its tax payers. Through my volunteer service I have had the opportunity to meet and connect with hundreds of Guilderland residents. Town services, such as the parks and fire departments are part of what makes Guilderland great and sets us apart from other towns. I have seen first-hand how important these programs and services are to the residents of Guilderland and I will continue to help them grow into the future. My experience with working with the public as a CVS manager will help me coordinate and work with my fellow board members, town employees and residents.
One of my main goals is to help the town run more efficiently. In order to accomplish this goal I will take the time to meet and talk with each town employee. Town employees at every level have ideas about how to make their department more efficient and need to be heard. This will aid me in finding ways to cut town expenses without interrupting the incredible services we enjoy as residents of Guilderland. I believe in transparency, and I will make sure the details of our town budget are more accessible to the public so that taxpayers know how their money is being spent. It is very important to me that residents have their voices heard, and I will be approachable to all residents so that I can stay informed and be perceptible to our town and individual issues. By staying informed I will be better equip to discuss agenda items and work towards solutions.
Campaign Address Guilderland, New York
Campaign Phone (518) 464-4491
Community Involvement I have volunteered substantial time and energy toward numerous charitable causes and community organizations, including The Center for Disability Services, the St. Margaret's Center Fundraising Committee, the Board of Widowed Persons and the Notre Dame Club of Northeastern New York. I am a communicant of Christ the King Church in Guilderland.
Experience and Qualifications - Guilderland Town Board Member since 2006; - Assistant Town Attorney and Counsel to the Guilderland Planning Board - 2001 - 2005; - B.A. in Government/International Relations from the University of Notre Dame (Deans Honor Roll); - JD from Albany Law School; - Attorney in private practice for 27 years - Partner in firm and former Department Supervisor; - Selected as a "Super Lawyer" in its New York Magazine edition in both 2012 and 2017.
Biography I was born and raised in Central New York. I am the youngest of three sons and my parents are deceased. In addition to Central New York, and in my teenage years, I also lived in the State of Pennsylvania, moved with our family to New Hampshire for my senior year in high school and attended college in both South Bend, Indiana and in Rome, Italy. I moved to the Capital District and attended Albany Law School. I have lived in Guilderland for approximately 30 years and I am proud to call Guilderland my home. I am honored and privileged to be a public servant, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to help serve my friends and neighbors and the residents of the Town of Guilderland.
Occupation and Special Skills As a lawyer, I advocate for my clients. As a public servant, I advocate for my constituents. I am interested in cooperating with others, regardless of their political party affiliation, to build consensus and to resolve questions and issues. I learned the importance of working with and assisting others from my family and, in particular, from my parents and two brothers. I value the need to respect the differences in and opinions of others, as well as the importance of expressing my own values and beliefs. My family and my involvement in team athletics have helped instill in me an ability to cooperate and to compete against others in a fair and equitable manner. In my public service, I have demonstrated my ability to cooperate and to assist others who possess varied backgrounds, beliefs and political perspectives. I worked well with various members of the Guilderland Planning Board from different political parties and I have worked for all of our residents as a member of the Town Board. As a Town Board member and liaison for various Town Departments, I have acted and served in a prudent, fair and rational manner. I am honest, competent, courteous, trustworthy, fiscally conservative, dedicated and conscientious. I have demonstrated these qualities throughout my career, and throughout my public service. I will continue to demonstrate these qualities in my public service and while serving in elected office for the residents of the Town of Guilderland.
I am a long-time resident of the Town of Guilderland. I have had the privilege, pleasure and honor of serving the residents of Guilderland for years, and in different capacities. I served as an Assistant Town Attorney and as Counsel for the Town's Planning Board from 2000 - 2005. As an Assistant Town Attorney, I also substituted for other Town counsel at Zoning Board meetings and in Town Court. I served on the Town's sign ordinance committee. As a Town Board member since 2006, I have acted as a liaison for several Town departments, including the Police Department. Throughout that time, Guilderland has had the lowest taxes in Albany County. I have supported the Comprehensive Master Plan and a new and stringent ethics law, helped make available more affordable, quality housing for our seniors, promoted public safety and economic growth, expanded water lines, improved sewer and storm-water management, added sidewalks and open space, and enhanced our parks system and recreation programs.
I will dedicate time and energy to fulfill the needs of the residents of Guilderland. I pledge to continue to work "across party lines and affiliations" to serve all Guilderland residents. I will continue to advocate for a fiscally prudent and balanced budget, and a reduction in the town tax levy and expenditures. I will embrace the concept of "smart growth" by encouraging and supporting economic and mixed-use development, while adding open space, no-cut buffer zones and conservation easements. For our vibrant and deserving community, we will apply for and obtain the necessary grants and funding to continue to improve our streets and infrastructure, and to expand our parks, sidewalks, bike trails and walking paths. We will continue to promote affordable senior housing and aid our Police and emergency services with the best equipment and training to ensure public safety. We will continue to develop our Town's new and innovative zoning code to promote growth, creativity and prosperity.
Campaign Address P.O. Box 741
Guilderland, NY
Campaign Phone (518) 356-0835
Community Involvement Guilderland Town Board Member; St. Madeleine Sophie Church: Finance Council/Hospitality Committee member, Eucharistic Minister; American Heart Association Fundraising; Member of Guilderland: Traffic Safety Committee, Economic Development Advisory Council, IDA; Guilderland Study Circles Facilitator; Guilderland PTA volunteer; Pine Bush Little League volunteer; General Electric Company: Elfun Society volunteer
Experience and Qualifications -B.S. Business Administration: College of St. Rose -M.S. Accounting: UAlbany -CPA Licensure -Accounting, Tax, Information Systems, Business Analysis/Management experience in Private and Public Sector: General Electric Company (Power Systems, Global Research Center, Corporate Tax); New York State: Dept. of Tax & Finance, Office of Mental Health, Office of State Comptroller, Statewide Financial System -Experience in Local Government Management and Operations: Guilderland Town Board Member
Biography Married, 2 children Guilderland resident for 32 years
Occupation and Special Skills Accountant/Business Systems Analyst
Website, facebook page or other links https://www.facebook.com/patricia.slavick
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