Dalton, Scirocco among election winners
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.
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
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).
Commissioner of Public Safety Skip Scirocco was reelected for still another term on Election Night.
Candidate Kendall Hicks shakes the hand of Robin Dalton, his opponent in the race for the Commissioner of Public Safety seat in Saratoga Springs.