Bill Ricard is the next representative on the Cohoes Common Council in the Third Ward after his Democratic opponent, Jim Nichols, was tossed off the ballot by commissioners at the Albany County Board of Elections for inadequate petition signatures.
Since there are only about six Republicans in the City of Cohoes, without an opponent in the Democratic Party primary, Ricard will run unopposed for the seat in November. The vacancy was created when George Premeau, who represented the Third Ward for 13 years, was sworn in as acting mayor in December, 2012 replacing John McDonald III, who was elected to the Assembly.
The rest of the Cohoes Common Council is expected to appoint Ricard to panel at the August meeting.
“I am truly excited and look forward to the opportunity to represent the residents of our 3rd Ward. Make no mistake about it, while I will be running unopposed this November, I will continue to work hard to earn each and every vote,” Ricard said on his website.
“I am thankful to Jim for his professionalism throughout this campaign,” he added later. “I am grateful that he's a resident of the Third Ward and the caring community of Cohoes as a whole. I look forward to continuing to work with Jim in his capacity as the leader of the Lansing Street Neighborhood Watch. Together we will accomplish a lot.”
Ricard is president of Citizen Helpers, a domestic business corporation that provides non-medical services, he founded in 2001. The Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Brockport graduate is married with two children.