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One PEF Executive Board seat filled, two special elections underway

By SHERRY HALBROOK

One vacant seat on the PEF Executive Board was filled during the third-quarterly special elections to fill mid-term vacancies, and balloting is underway to determine who will fill two other mid-term vacancies on the board.

As the sole certified candidate for Seat 460, James Reppert was elected to represent PEF members working for the state Department of State.

Following the submission of nominating petitions, two candidates, Engels Rojas and Debra A. Vercruysse, were certified for election to fill Seat 174, which represents certain members at the state Office of Information Technology Services, and two candidates, Pennie Grinnell and David Takor, were certified for election to Seat 435, which represents certain members at the state Office of Children and Family Services. Ballots were mailed to these constituencies November 20. They must be returned by December 12 for counting by the American Arbitration Association December 13.

The new board members will serve the remainder of three-year terms that expire July 31, 2021.

No candidates were certified following petitioning for Board Seat 545, which represents members working in the following political subdivisions of New York state: Albany Housing Authority; Albany County Probation; and Allegany County. Nominees will again be sought to fill Seat 545 in the 2020 first-quarter special elections that begin in January.

In addition, Seat 85 has become vacant and will be part of the 2020 first-quarter special elections.

Nominating petitions for the first-quarter elections will be available starting January 8, and must be returned by January 30. If only one candidate is certified to fill a vacant seat, that candidate will be seated. If more than one candidate is certified to fill the seat, ballots will be mailed February 21 to constituents of that seat and must be returned to the American Arbitration Association by March 13 for counting March 16.


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