Saratoga County Sheriff's candidates make one last plea to voters

Posted at: 09/09/2013 6:47 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

Two of the men hoping to become the next Saratoga County Sheriff are making last-minute pleas to voters.

Michael Zurlo and Jeff Gildersleeve are squaring off for the Republican line in the race to replace retiring sheriff, Jim Bowen.

Zurlo is endorsed by the current sheriff, Jim Bowen, but Gildersleeve counters that the department's time for change is long over-due.

Jeff Gildersleeve was going door-to-door in Saratoga Springs on Monday afternoon, less than 24-hours before voters will go to the polls. Gildersleeve is squaring off with Mike Zurlo in an effort to become the first sheriff not named Jim Bowen in more than four decades.

Zurlo spent the day making calls and knocking on doors.

Both candidates tout their 30-plus years of law enforcement experience. Gildersleeve with the state police and currently with the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

Zurlo with the Saratoga County Sheriff, as one of Jim Bowen's top cops.

Zurlo says he's the only candidate prepared to hit the ground running on January 1st.

“I know how the department runs. I have knowledge of communications. I have knowledge of the road patrol. I have knowledge of civil and the records department. So those 32 yeas has brought me a great vast of experience of how the sheriff's department operates,” says Zurlo.

“Doing the same thing, the same way for 41 years, isn't necessarily the way to do it. It's time for change. It's time to get  a new look in there. It's time to modernize the department,” says Gildersleeve.

Zurlo and Gildersleeve have not debated or met together in any forum. Gildersleeve challenged Zurlo to debate, but Zurlo said he couldn't find the time.