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Candidates in Malta spar

— Candidates for Malta supervisor and Town Board laid their cards on the table at a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, The Spotlight and the Chamber of Southern Saratoga on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Hyatt Place in Malta.

Current Supervisor Paul Sausville (R) and his opponent Cynthia Young (D) sparred over audience-submitted questions and the four Town Board hopefuls (newcomers Ryan Gregoire and Carol Henry and incumbents Peter Klotz and Tara Thomas) battling for two available seats also fielded audience questions.

Opening statements gave the audience a feel for what each candidate stood for.

In Sausville’s case, the candidate said he represented multiple things.

“I feel like a cat with a whole number of nine lives,” said Sausville. “I’ve lived here well over 30 years, raised a family here, that’s one of the lives that I have. The other life is the life I have spent in the classroom. …I’m a professional engineer.”

Sausville listed some of his accomplishment during his tenure of supervisor, which included having no town tax, bringing GlobalFoundries to town and zoning the area to accommodate it.

Young is a 45-year Malta resident and said it is time for a fresh approach to the town’s growth.

“We are no longer the small Town of Malta. We need leadership that has a realistic vision of the future,” said Young. “Commercial development helps ease the burden of taxes on homeowners and will increase our share of sales tax from the county. We can’t continue to take money from our fund balance year after year.”

Gregoire is running on the Democratic line and said while he might be young (he’s 21), that’s what makes him an attractive “alternative” choice for Town Board.

“I saw this as a chance to continue to make Malta a great place to live, work and play,” said Gregoire, who listed responsible economic growth and government transparency as critical issues. “I hope everyone will make their decision not based on political party identification but rather who’s best fit for the job.”

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