Nelson defeats Martin in Stillwater mayor’s race, three Trustees elected to new terms

Posted 3/18/15

Village residents elected a new mayor Wednesday, turning out incumbent Ernest Martin, who has led the community for 23 years. Rick Nelson, who will take the office on April 6, defeated Martin 194-132. Martin was village trustee in 1983, becoming mayor in March 1992 and is the longest serving mayor in Stillwater history. Also elected to new terms were incumbent Trustees Judith Wood-Shaw (4 years), Timothy Campbell (2 years) and newcomer Frank Tatum (4 years).

Stillwater Village Mayoral Candidates

Mayor Martin:

I am most proud of the following accomplishments during my tenure as Mayor: Settled General Electric Law Suit for the Village of Stillwater, a long hard fight. Paid off all of the debt associated with the water project closing the USDA-RD Loan. Issued rebate money to the taxpayers of the Village in the sum of $187,335. Finally the village has obtained an A+ rating by the NYS Comptroller Office on its financial stability represented by its Annual Update Document review.  This continues to demonstrate that the Village is in great financial shape.

Rick Nelson:

Rick is a third generation and lifelong resident of Stillwater. He is the son of Barney Nelson and Lenetta Aldrich, the grandson of Percy and Aileen Aldrich, and a 1973 graduate of Stillwater High School. For the better part of four decades, Rick has been the owner and operator of \'93The Works\'94, a local general contracting, landscaping, and snow-removal business.

Entire article in the March 12th edition.

The Express Newspaper – January 15, 2015

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Martin – 81


CLIFTON PARK – Elizabeth A. “Betty” Martin, 81, longtime resident of Clifton Park, died Friday evening, Jan 2nd, at the Eddy Village Green after an extended illness.

A Funeral Service will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 AM at the DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville.  Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery,Waterford.  Calling hours at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of NE NY,4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.To leave condolences and for directions visit

The entire obituary will be in the Jan. 8th issue of the Express.

Basile Not Running for Village of Stillwater Reelection – by V. Albert

STILLWATER DECEMBER 16- In other Village news, Trustee John Basile announced he will not be standing for re-election to the Village Board. Mayor Martin hailed Basile as 'a great asset to the Village of Stillwater and the Village Board' during his terms of service on the Board and as Deputy Mayor.

Read the entire article in the December 25th issue.

Stillwater Commitment, Continuity – By S. McBride

The Village of Stillwater is arguably one of the most historic towns in the nation, given its vital location along routes of travel, trade, settlement and defense as the United States was born and grew.  A whole lot of historic happenings took place here as both nation and village have grown and evolved from Colonial Days into today’s electronic age.

   As with growth and change everywhere, too often we lose the links to the past, the connection to the people and events that have made us who and what we are.  How many times have we seen the destruction and replacement of those sites and buildings that tie us to those who’ve gone before, losing that vital connection to our past?

Read the entire article in the Nov. 6 issue of the Express.

Bruce Owen Martin

SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL - Bruce Owen Martin passed away after a long illness in Saint Augustine, Florida on August 7, 2014. Born October 10, 1947, he was the son of the late Owen and Emily (Smith) Martin and a longtime resident of the Schaghticoke area.

Relatives and friends may visit from 9 to 11 am on August 30, 2014 at the Valley Falls Methodist Church, State Street, Valley Falls. A celebration of Bruce’s life will begin at 11 am.   In lieu of flowers, donations in Bruce’s memory to the Hoosic Valley Fire Department, 69 Stillwater Bridge Road, Schaghticoke NY 12154 would be appreciated.  Bruce was the recipient of a liver transplant in June 2003. The greatest honor that could be paid to Bruce would be to become an organ donor.   Those interested in making this pledge may visit

St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Read the entire obituary in the August 28 issue of the Express.



GE Agrees to Settle with Stillwater – Mayor Martin

GE Agrees to Settle with Stillwater
GE’s press statement was that: “Over the past two weeks GE, The Town of Waterford and the Village of Stillwater have reached an agreement in principle to resolve their disputes to the satisfaction of all parties. The necessary agreements are being finalized.”

As your mayor, I am proud to announce that the lawsuit brought against General Electric by the Village of Stillwater has been settled. The Village will receive compensation for damages received by General Electric to the Village’s water system.
This has been a long battle for the Village and myself since 1998. I want to thank the Village’s law firm Dreyer Boyajian LLP, and Mr. James Peluso, the Village’s Attorney. I also want to thank the Village Board of Trustees for sticking with me during all these years.
Last, but most of all, the Village taxpayers, for having the trust in me, to bring this case to an end. Thank and God Bless the Village of Stillwater.
Ernest W. Martin
Mayor / Village of Stillwater