Albany County fills district seat after former legislator resigned over homophobic comments

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A former Albany County legislator was appointed to fill a seat left vacant after the resignation of George Langdon IV.

Richard Touchette was sworn in Monday night to fill the District 37 seat.

Touchette, the Executive Director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, previously served on the legislature from 2015 to 2019. Before that, he was a member on the Coeymans Town Board and chair of the planning board. Touchette was endorsed by the democrats in his district.

He will hold the seat until the November election when someone will be chosen to represent the district for the remainder of the term ending in 2023.

County Legislator Frank Mauriello, the minority leader of the republican conference, submitted an alternative resolution to fill the vacant seat with Coeymans Town Board member Zachary Collins, saying that voters made their voice heard when they chose not to reelect Touchette. Ultimately, though, the amendment to appoint Touchette had the votes.

Langdon resigned his seat in April after he made homophobic comments during a public forum that was held by a local conservative group.

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