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GOP asks Cuomo to appoint Halfmoon official to county clerk post

Democrats also submit names for consideration
2012-12-27T16:46:00Z GOP asks Cuomo to appoint Halfmoon official to county clerk postMAURY THOMPSON -- Glens Falls Post-Star
December 27, 2012 4:46 pm  • 

Halfmoon Councilman Craig Hayner, a Republican, is running for Saratoga County clerk in November.

And the Saratoga County Republican Committee has recommended that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, appoint Hayner to temporarily hold the job until the election.

The position will become vacant when current County Clerk Kathy Marchione resigns Monday to take office in the state Senate.

“I believe my business and professional background really lends well for the job,” Hayner said in a telephone interview.

The Saratoga Democratic Committee has recommended names of “a few qualified individuals” to Cuomo for the appointment, said Saratoga County Democratic Chairman Todd Kerner.

He would not disclose the names or say specifically how many people were recommended for consideration.

Hayner, 45, has worked in the food industry for more than 20 years.

He currently is senior territory manager for a nationally known food brand that he would not name.

“I have to manage my business, my budgets. I’m responsible for sales. We have to market our products,” he said.

He said his employer of six years has asked that he not identify the company.

“They don’t wish to get involved with any kind of political things,” he said.

He previously worked in similar sales and management roles with Campbell’s Soup and General Mills, Hayner said.

He and his wife have owned and operated Hayner’s Ice Cream, a seasonal business, since 1998.

The ice cream shop is located on his family’s former dairy farm in Halfmoon.

Marchione announced her candidacy for state Senate at the ice cream shop in April.

Hayner has been a town councilman for six years.

“And so I’ve had a lot of experience with the type of things that have to be done in the county clerk’s office,” he said.

Hayner was one of two Republicans that sought the county Republican Committee’s endorsement, said county Republican Chairman John Herrick.

The committee’s executive committee also interviewed Ashley Koneig of Milton, but felt Hayner was the best choice because of his experience in business and customer relations, he said.

If Cuomo appoints Hayner, he would definitely be the endorsed Republican candidate in November, Herrick said.

If Cuomo appoints someone else, Hayner most likely would receive the endorsement, but the committee would interview any other candidates that might come forward.

“I wouldn’t anticipate anybody doing that,” Herrick said.

Cuomo’s press office did not return messages The Post-Star left with receptionists on Wednesday and Thursday seeking comment about the time frame for the appointment.

Marchione is resigning mid-way through a four-year term.

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    twopondsnorth - December 28, 2012 9:29 am
    Or maybe Cuomo will actually appoint a qualified individual. Being a sales rep for a food company, combined with the political acumen of the Halfmoon Republican Party certainly aren't the attributes I'm looking for in a government official.


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