Be certain to cast votes

If you haven’t yet made your way to the polls to vote in today’s general election, you still may have time. The polls are open until 9 p.m.

This is a busy local Election Day. Voters in Fulton and Montgomery counties are making a number of important decisions in local races. In addition, several statewide propositions are on the ballot, including one that would permit up to seven casinos in upstate New York.

Among the local races, Gloversville Mayor Dayton King is trying to hold on to his seat for another four years. He’s facing a challenge from James Handy. In the city of Johnstown, three people are running for mayor. Helen Martin, Scott Jeffers and Michael Julius are seeking the position. The current Johnstown mayor, Sarah Slingerland, did not seek re-election.

In both cities, the councilman-at-large seats are up for election. In Gloversville, Robin Wentworth is running against current Councilman-at-large James Robinson. In Johnstown, Bryan Marcucci, the incumbent, is facing Christopher Swatt for the seat.

In Montgomery County, voters will decide on a county executive, who will lead the county as it changes its form of government from a board of supervisors to a county legislature. Matt Ossenfort and Dominick Stagliano are competing for the seat.

Voters in that county also will choose legislators to serve in the new county legislative districts.

Other notable races in Fulton County today include the race for supervisor in Northampton, where incumbent Linda Kemper is facing a challenge from James Groff, the Northville mayor. In Broadalbin, incumbent Joseph DiGiacomo faces a challenge from Thomas Christopher.

Besides the statewide vote on casinos, voters will decide on several other statewide propositions, including two that involve the Adirondacks. One state proposition would allow the state to settle 100-year-old disputes over ownership of more than 200 parcels in Hamilton County. Another proposal would allow NYCO Minerals, a private company, to continue its mining operations in Essex County.

The elections and proposals mentioned above are merely a sampling of what voters are seeing on the ballots today. We strongly encourage all eligible voters to go to the polls and carry out their duty to cast votes.