Zarrelli exploring possible assembly candidacy

Jay Zarrelli. The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan Thursday, September 13, 2007 Jay Zarrelli

GLOVERSVILLE — Fifth Ward Councilman Jay Zarrelli has announced that he will be forming an exploratory committee to assess the possibility of a run for the soon-to-be vacant 118th Assembly District seat.

In an announcement given to The Leader-Herald on Tuesday, Zarrelli announced that he will be investigating a potential run for the seat that will be left vacant upon the announced retirement of Assemblyman Marc Butler.

Zarrelli has served as a councilman for the city’s 5th Ward since 2010.

In his announcement, Zarrelli states that during that time, he has been part of a team that tackled a number of large projects including the finalization of the Walmart Supercenter and “maximizing the benefits of the Smart Waters agreement with the county for the city.”

“I also brought ethics change to the city where a referendum vote was brought to the Gloversville citizens, who overwhelmingly passed a change, to allow the Common Council to appoint ethics committee members because the system at the time was not being fulfilled,” Zarrelli said in his statement.

Zarrelli also highlighted smaller concerns that he has also addressed, most recently working with the city police to see a change to the intersection of West and Lincoln Streets, where several accidents had taken place, including a vehicle rollover. Zarrelli brought his concerns to police chief Marc Porter after being contacted by a citizen. That intersection has since been changed to an all way stop.

Zarrelli is currently a sergeant with the state Department of Corrections, with over 25 years of service. He states he is a member in good standing with the New York State Correction Officer and Police Benevolent Association.

“My platform includes a focus on ethics, protecting our second amendment rights, efficient budget spending including eliminating unfunded state mandates and increased aid for cities, towns, and villages which could be used for infrastructure projects or lowered property taxes. Most importantly, my job would be to listen to your concerns and be you voice in Albany,” Zarrelli says in his statement.

Zarrelli said in an email to The Leader-Herald on Wednesday that those interested in the exploratory committee or his platform can contact him at (518)848-2016.