Colonie town board split on deficit fixes

Jaquay's support was echoed by several residents who attended the Thursday night meeting.

Mike Ryan, of Loudonville, said Mahan is the right person for the job and that her plan is "excellent."

"I took the main topics in her plan to heart. She's doing a great job trying to raise revenue in a panic," he said.

Others did not agree.

Mary Jane Smith, of Loudonville, said, "I think this is a great town that was run beautifully for 10 years, and I'm sick of hearing [former Town Supervisor] Mary Brizzell being trashed."

Others were indifferent.

Cayla Consaga, a Siena College student majoring in English said, "I think they definitely went over a lot of information, and there is stuff I agree with in the new plan and stuff I agree with in her plan."

After discussion of Hogan's plan, Mahan raised questions about the previous administration's financial decisions, including the promise of an extra $2 million to the Colonie Youth Center in 2007.

According to Nikki Caruso, the executive director of the Colonie Youth Center, the center approached the Town Board asking for four installments of $200,000 prior to the building of the Rudy A. Ciccotti Center. The then-board promised the money to the Ciccotti Center, and worked the funding into the town budget for that year.

However, what the money was to be spent on was never itemized in the budget, according to Mahan.

"I would think that [the previous board] knew what the services were and justification to provide the money, but we haven't located either of those at this point," said Mahan, who has said that future funding would depend on whether the center can provide documentation of where it goes.

Caruso said while there is no document that outlines what the money was spent on item by item, the funding went to assorted programs sponsored by the center.

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