As the numbers started to come in one by one at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, Colonie Democrats were climbing a ladder to write the results in each district on poster board-sized papers so that everyone at the Colonie Democrats headquarters, on Wolf Road, could see.
With each number came either a roar of applause or a disappointed sigh, everyone anxious to see who would come out victorious in what has been called one of the Capital District's most contentious races of the season-the race for Colonie Town Supervisor.
Challenging each other were incumbent Democrat Paula Mahan, who is currently completing her first term as supervisor, and former County Executive Republican Mike Hoblock.
Out of 60 polling districts, the first results from the first district came in at 227 votes for Mahan and 170 votes for Hoblock. While Mahan's lead was not a trend in all 60 districts, as the night went on, her lead became ever more prevalent.
Around 11 p.m., with less than 60 percent of reporting completed, Mahan had announced that her challenger, a former Town Board member and most recently the chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, had called to congratulate her on winning the race.
He was a gentleman and said, 'Congratulations,' she said.
Campaign Manager Mike Burick thanked everyone who contributed to the campaign and said that the success could not have been achieved by only one person. Unofficial Albany County Board of Electiond results showed Mahan with 11,986 votes and Hoblock with 10,544 votes.
"It's a lot of work by a lot of people," he said. "Everybody worked hard."
On Tuesday, Hoblock said, "I don't know what there is to say. The voters have spoken, they've made their decision."
Hoblock said that as a resident and concerned citizen, he will continue to closely follow issues that affect residents of the Town of Colonie.