Colonie supervisor debate to be held on Oct. 28

The two candidates running for the Colonie town supervisor are expected to debate Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road.

That date is the second one scheduled and comes less than a week after a press release was sent out by the Colonie Chamber of Commerce announcing the debate would be taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The new date was announced following a Monday, Oct. 5, meeting of the Colonie Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters, the debate sponsors, and representatives of both candidates.

The Colonie Chamber of Commerce is pleased to co-sponsor the debate with the League of Women Voters, said Tom Nolte, chamber president, in a press release following the original announcement. "We feel this is a great opportunity for both the Colonie residential and business community to learn more from both candidates on important town issues prior to Election Day."

The announcement that there would be a debate on Oct. 21 was made by the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Sept. 29,but shortly after the release came out, it was still uncertain whether incumbent Democrat Paula Mahan and Republican hopeful Mike Hoblock would engage in a debate on that date.

According to Dan Farrell, campaign manager for Republican candidate Mike Hoblock, campaign officials were notified Friday, Oct. 2, that Mahan would not be able to attend the Oct. 21 debate.

The Colonie Democratic Committee called the first debate announcement a "huge miscommunication," citing confusion over which dates Mahan would be available. The supervisor was not at the meeting at which the Oct. 21 date was set, and did have a time conflict her campaign spokesman said.

Nolte was not available for comment on the confusion surrounding the debate schedule, but in an e-mail he sent to both the Democratic and Republican committees, he asked if everyone could meet Monday to discuss it.

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