Dal­ton, Scirocco among elec­tion win­ners

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Francine D. Grin­nell fgrin­[email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @d_­grin­nell on Twit­ter

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> With the re­tire­ment of long­time Com­mis­sioner of Pub­lic Safety Peter Martin, Saratoga Springs vot­ers elected Robin Dal­ton to the be­come the first woman to serve in the of­fice in the city.

Dal­ton, a Repub­li­can who is mar­ried and the mother of four chil­dren, was openly moved by the af­fir­ma­tion of res­i­dents by se­lect­ing her to suc­ceed Martin. She ran against can­di­date Ken­dall Hicks, a re­tired 30-year New York Army Na­tional Guard veteran, whose cam­paign couldn’t get past al­le­ga­tions of a do­mes­tic as­sault in his past.

In re­sponse to the win­ning count, Dal­ton ex­pressed her grat­i­tude with her chil­dren and friends and fam­ily sur­round­ing her:

“I’m over­whelmed with hap­pi­ness,” she said. “I’m so proud of this com­mu­nity for com­ing out and vot­ing for me and show­ing so much sup­port. I can’t wait to rep­re­sent the fine men and women in our po­lice and fire de­part­ments; I just thank ev­ery­one to­day,

“The first thing I’m go­ing to do is every­thing I can to get our po­lice depart­ment back on their feet and get them the fund­ing and sup­port they need.”

Hicks shook Dal­ton’s hand in con­grat­u­la­tions.

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Also re-elected to serve was Repub­li­can An­thony “Skip” Scirocco to con­tinue for an­other term as Com­mis­sioner of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works. He ran against chem­i­cal en­gi­neer Dil­lon Mo­ran, a rel­a­tive new­comer to pol­i­tics who ex­pressed con­cern about the city’s ag­ing in­fras­truc­ture dur­ing

his cam­paign.

Scirocco has seen the City through the light­en­ing strike and re­sul­tant ex­ten­sive dam­age that oc­curred to the his­toric City Hall Build­ing and the on­go­ing restora­tion and ren­o­va­tion of the cen­ter of City gov­ern­ment,. He made the fol­low­ing state­ment when vot­ers asked him to con­tinue the job he’s done for 12 years, but has a to­tal of 32 years in ser­vice for the City.

“We had a pretty de­cent turn out; I voted at St. Cle­ment’s and saw the num­ber that came out,” he said. “I’m go­ing to work on get­ting City Hall done, and we met with the peo­ple out there at the East­ern plateau and I’ll work my tail off to make sure they get that third Fire House and EMS sta­tion in that part of town. It’s des­per­ately needed.

“We’re deal­ing with two fires, that that at the DPW dis­patch and City Hall. We have a lot of work ahead of us, “Scirocco said. •••

Com­mis­sioner of Ac­counts John P. Franck is the seven-term Com­mis­sioner of Ac­counts for the City of Saratoga Springs. En­dorsed by the Demo­cratic, In­de­pen­dence and Work­ing Fam­i­lies par­ties, Franck ran unop­posed and was also re-elected and will serve an eighth term.

City of Saratoga Springs Su­per­vi­sor on the Saratoga County Board of su­per­vi­sors Tara Gas­ton ran against po­lit­i­cal new­comer Stephen Mit­ter and al­though the vote was close, Gas­ton, a Demo­crat, re­tained her seat for an­other term. The other in­cum­bent in the race - Repub­li­can Matt Veitch - gar­nered 4,536 votes, fol­lowed by Gas­ton (3,499) and Mit­tler (3,273).

FRANCINE D. GRIN­NELL-MEDIANEWSG­ROUP

Com­mis­sioner of Pub­lic Safety Skip Scirocco was re­elected for still an­other term on Elec­tion Night.

FRANCINE D. GRIN­NELL-MEDIANEWSG­ROUP

Can­di­date Ken­dall Hicks shakes the hand of Robin Dal­ton, his op­po­nent in the race for the Com­mis­sioner of Pub­lic Safety seat in Saratoga Springs.

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