Thomas G. Cholakis, a force in Rensselaer County Republican politics for generations, passed away Tuesday. Our condolences to his friends and family.
Tom was the younger brother of legendary U.S. District Court Judge Con Cholakis. Tom was a longtime county legislator and leader of the North Greenbush Republican Party. He served as Rensselaer County Republican Chairman and under his leadership, the GOP began a long string of victories on the county and local levels. Tom also served as director of Capital Region Off-Track Betting, helping restore credibility to OTB after a long string of controversies. More from the Times Union on Tom Cholakis: http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=655342&category=&BCCode=&newsdate=1/15/2008