Sheriff Jack Mahar, in a letter to Rensselaer County Chairman John Rustin, said he will not run for a fourth term and instead “enjoy his retirement.”
Now that Mahar’s decision is made, focus is turned to who the major parties will support. Top of the list for the GOP is Pat Russo, a former Troy cop and Mahar’s undersheriff.
Russo has not officially indicated whether or not he will seek the nomination but Bob Ashe, the Hoosick Falls police chief and former North Greenbush Town Board member has also announced his intention to run and has started a Facebook page.
Ashe lost a primary to Mahar in 2003 and appears to be gearing up for a run whether or not he gets the party’s endorsement or not.
Two Troy police captains, John Cooney, who was the public information officer, and Terry Buchanan, who headed the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, were considering running for sheriff and undersheriff, respectively, but have since abandoned the notion. Cooney , who would be the only name on the ballot, is a registered Conservative so he would need permission from a major party to be a viable candidate.
It’s unclear who the Democrats will nominate too. Gary Gordon, who lost a bitter battle to Mahar four years ago, has yet to decide if he will run.
While Russo's record is unblemished, Mahar did have a tough three years-plus in office. He and the county are facing a handful of civil suits related to allegations staff inappropriately and illegally accessed the medical records of political foes and others.
Good perhaps a shakedown of Corrections personnel will actually happen and not a moment too soon. You have dirty CO's and dirty emergency dispatchers too, it's pretty disgusting.ReplyDelete
Tedesco for Sheriff! So we can see Jim Gordon bend over, county wideReplyDelete
Can Tedesco run for Sheriff in Renss. County? He lives in Albany County. How does that work?Delete
No he can't plus he wouldn't winDelete
Russo is as dirty as Mahar. Not that it matters, in the Era of UnAbelove.ReplyDelete
Don't worry Jack. Martin Reid will help you file for unemployment.ReplyDelete
Bye bye Noreaga.ReplyDelete
ok fellas, time to grab your knee pads & get to work. Let the blow in' begin!ReplyDelete
Pat Russo . . . now is the time to announce if you are going to run.ReplyDelete
With all due respect to all of the potential candidates, I think it is clear that Pat Russo is most suited for this position! With his unblemished record, moral compass, his many years of service and experience, and his unquestionable intelligence and class, I think we have found our new Sheriff! It is frightening to think that Gary Gordon (AKA Garbage Pail) would be backed by any political party! Do we all forget about his previous recordings that were made public for us to hear how unprofessional and disgusting his behavior is when he thinks no one is listening? We need someone who remains true to who they are! No matter where they are, and no matter who is listening! Someone with true integrity that a political party can be proud of supporting! That Rensselaer County, is Pat Russo!ReplyDelete
#1 fan it seems....stop.you already have the jobDelete
Thanks for your input HubbaDelete
Hopefully the next sheriff will implement drug testing. If so, there will be some new jobs opening up down thereReplyDelete
And the end of buckshot bullying and intimidationDelete
There is no way Mahar backed out. Somebody in the GOP grew a set and told him to take a walk! Oh, and beautiful wife!? LMFAO!ReplyDelete
Jim is still occupying your head I see. Move on to a new hobby- itt will do you well. We run down what we fear - Bogart 46ReplyDelete
Jim is a one-term councilman who has done nothing but cower in fear watching his district overwhelmed by murders and arson. He has accomplished nothing but apparently thinks he can run for mayor. And you don't think people are going to comment on that.? Get real. We're just getting started!Delete
We all can't be the Lansingburgh Super Hero now can we. You should make him aware that councilmen are crimefighters too. BtW - has that crack At-Large team of ours.done anything about this BS going on? Haven't heard a peep from them.Delete
Oh Char. Its so cute how youre his #1 fan.Delete
Looks like it may be a three way race in the Republican primary. Scott Ryan says he is in and he is going to go after Russo. What is this about a law suit against Pat concerning Jim Karam?ReplyDelete
Pat Russo has some issues and he better be ready. He is not a shoe in with the Republican party.ReplyDelete
How old is fat pat?ReplyDelete
As old as fatcharDelete
If Russo runs for sheriff that means he'll actually have to get out of his county owned SUV and go door to door. He'll also have to take that cigar out of his mouth to talk to people. Has anyone told him he's not on the sopranos?ReplyDelete
Maybe he will lose some weight walking. Shouldn't a law enforcement person be in better shape than that.Delete
Gary Gordon has no time to run for Sheriff! He's too busy bad talking Jack Mahar and Joel Abelove. Florida is calling your name Gary. You can bunk with Jimmy Germano ...ReplyDelete
Joel, get off the blogs and prosecute those 2 f&@king republicansDelete
Some Sheriff Race FACTS:ReplyDelete
1. It's Russo's to lose.
2. Gary G. is out. The D's are done with him.
3. Bob Ashe's power play to be US if he withdraws will not work. Bob, you are a nobody. You have no juice.
If it's Russo's to lose who is he going to lose to? You seem worried.Delete
Bob Ashe is a good caring honest person who has done a lot for people and has the guts to stand up for what is right, Just look at his face book the number of people that are going to support him. Do you have the guts to stand up and if you do sign your name. I didn't think you would.Delete
I understand that there some tapes and email that Karam has on Russo. What could they be Pat. You can not run away from the fact that you were there under Mahar and you did nothing to stop him from costing this county a lot of money.ReplyDelete
I have seen the texts and I have heard the tapes. Pat you have a problem. You can not hide from the fact that you were Jacks Undersheriff and you said and did what you did.ReplyDelete
Fatty Fatangelo 4 SheriffReplyDelete
Ashe has too many skeletons in the closet. Russo is just a slug, he lost his passion for the job 25 years ago.ReplyDelete
Russo is in now let him start answering some question.ReplyDelete
What about the law suits?
What is in the tapes?
Why did you sit around and do nothing while Mahar went after people?
For the past 12 years what have you done?
These are just a few so start answering....
Russo has some things in the closet that he doesn't want dragged out. He's a quiet one...always watch out for the quiet ones.ReplyDelete
And here is the big question! Russo knew Mahar was breaching health records and did nothing to stop him. Why?ReplyDelete
Lets see how he is going to answer Karam's questions on stand is it this week or next. Pat don't lie. After this announce that you will be pulling out of the race.ReplyDelete
So what's mahar gonna do with the money in his campaign account?ReplyDelete
Now he can be the full time sheriff in Horry County, SC instead of the part-time one. Anyone check his timesheets lately?ReplyDelete
Pat did you have court yet?ReplyDelete
Big meeting with the Sheriff, Under Sheriff, staff and County Attorney down at the jail. Trying to figure out how to cover Pat's ass with the law suits. Pat that is just one of the problems you have.ReplyDelete
Pat for the past year Mahar has been absent from the office I believe he has been setting up his new home in Carolina. You have been in charge. During that time kevin Rogers has not been to work but has been getting paid, I believe the department has settled at least two law suits and now I believe there are about 3 more. When all said and done this will cost the county taxpayers a lot of money. Pat you are responsible for this.ReplyDelete