Known affectionately as D3, this election district is also known as Sycaway, the Beverley Hills of Troy, without the multi-billion dollar industry, beautiful weather and beautiful people. District 3 is bordered by the Town of Brunswick, Frear Park Road, 10th Street and Brunswick Road.
Geography: Rolling hills, middle-class homes and highly educated, rolling state workers. If Troy was New York City, Sycaway would be Westchester County, which isn't part of New York City so forget all about that. Think Brunswick-lite. Sycaway is not a Native American word like many think. It is a Japanese word meaning, "I don't have to say I live in Troy."
Often Heard: "It's really like a live in Brunswick."
Past Voting History:
D. Bodnar - R 515
R. Hoffmeister - D 394
R. Ziemba - W 321
D. Bodnar - R 724
R. Ziemba - D 721
D. Bodnar - R 620
M. DeLair - D 454
W - 19
I - 130
Blank - 732
Hot Button Issue: "Should we have a hot button issue?"
This district leans Democratic. As can be seen from the recent results, 2013 was the only election were Bodnar was clearly safe. Without the split vote in 2009, Bodnar would not have won. 2011 was a squeaker. The district has also shown a willingness to dump an incumbent. Lynn Mahoney(D) represented the district before being defeated by Art Judge (R) who would be defeated by Pete Ryan (D). The same almost happened to Bodnar in 2011. A fine example of how a strong third party candidate fucks shit up. Luckily, we got Bodnar.
DEAN BODNAR - R
Bodnar is a three term incumbent. If he does win re-election, it will be his last term. Bodnar was born in Watervliet, attended Catholic Central High School and Siena College where he majored in political science. That's about all we know about Bodnar. We think he's retired. We find him to be professional, calm and one of the adults on the Council. Simply put, he seems decent and pragmatic. Drawbacks: Not one, respectable scandal to his name. Come on Dean, give us something. Maybe duel?
SUE STEELE - D
Bodnar's opponent is a long-time Democrat party activist. Steele worked at the County and is retired from the Office of Child and Family Services. And yes, before someone clever brings it up, Steele did have an alcohol-related driving offense years ago. Many people have had a DWI or DWAI (not us of course) but many. Even former Congressman John Sweeney had a few, and Steele didn't even have a stripper in her lap when pulled over. At least we don't think she did. In any event, it is not hard to see that Steele agreed to take a bullet for the team. We don't think she wanted to run and we get the feeling that if she lost she wouldn't be all that disappointed.
District 3 should be well served no matter who wins.
Did You Know: The R.M.S Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland, not in Troy, NY.