Turns out those postings were Valente's undoing. From the Albany Times Union:::
"In Bethlehem, where the $88.2 million budget passed 3,276 to 1,678, voters doubled the walking distance for high school students to one mile. The change required a public referendum, and the vote was 3,396 to 1,491. The district will save an estimated $10,600 next year in transportation costs. In Averill Park, voters approved the $55.4 million budget by a 2,184 to 1,288 vote but rejected the bus purchase plan 1,808 to 1,246. The school board race, which was heated to begin with amid residents' ire about the closing of two elementary schools, had seven candidates seeking three board seats. The contest got even hotter when Steve Valente's re-election campaign was rocked by disclosure that that his Facebook page promoted beer- chugging and contained quotes mocking gay and disabled people.How to DELETE your Facebook account.
Valente was the only incumbent turned out of office. He finished sixth in the field of seven."
Did you ever wonder what you were really sharing with non-friends through Facebook?
The EFF has reported on the slow shift away to a more public Facebook and this chart illustrates how much the default settings have eroded privacy.
Facebook is also being enlisted to help solve the "missing persons" case (of the type where "you know the rest" factors in!) of local Ashley Marie Carroll.