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Colonie Supervisor blasts GOP land swap mailer

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan is calling a recent mailer sent by the Colonie Republican Committee garbage and sent a letter denying its allegations that the town is giving land away on Onderdonk Road to be mined.

A number of residents in the area of Forts Ferry Road, near Riviera and Alpine drives, recently received a campaign mailer from the Colonie Republican Committee that reads: "What is the only thing standing between you and the noise, pollution and truck traffic of a gravel mine? The giant parcel of town property Paula Mahan is about to give Guptill Holding Corp."

This week, Democratic incumbent Supervisor Mahan said the mailer was filled with blatant lies that were drummed up by her opponent to scare elderly residents into thinking that a mine was going to be constructed near their backyards.

"Nothing could be further from the truth," said Mahan, adding that the mailing "upset a lot of elderly people."

A lawyer for Guptill Holding Corp. said the company absolutely has no plans to mine the land in question, and said the campaign materials made his clients feel like they were attacked.

"There are no plans to mine whatsoever," said Donald Zee, an attorney representing the Guptill family. "In fact, I don't believe mining is permitted in that area of the property."

Zee said the Guptills knew nothing of this issue until a few disgruntled residents visited Guptill's Skating Rink.

"After this mailer, people showed up at the rink saying, 'What the heck are you doing?' and that's what angered my clients," Zee said.

Mahan continued to blast the Republicans and said they "should be ashamed for putting out this garbage."

"It's certainly not garbage," GOP town supervisor candidate Mike Hoblock said Tuesday, Oct. 20. "It happens to be a Town Board resolution giving this supervisor the authority to make this transfer."

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