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Colonie Supervisor blasts GOP land swap mailer

The transfer at issue refers to an Aug. 6 resolution that would allow the town "to enter into agreements for the acquisition and conveyance of real property and necessary construction in relation to the Latham Water Tank Removal Project." Part of the resolution states that a land swap of up 9.5 acres of town-owned land can be considered as compensation to Guptill Holding Corp. for use of part of the land for underground water pipes needed for the tank removal project.

Earlier this year, as part of the water tank removal project that was done to help clear the flight path at Albany International Airport, water pipes were installed under the land that is currently owned by Guptill Holding Corp. The project was partly funded by the Albany International Airport Authority and federal stimulus funds.

Once the pipes were installed, the town started looking into ways " including a possible land swap " to compensate Guptill Holding Corp. for use of its land.

Hoblock said he thinks the public should have been informed about this issue before pipes were installed.

"It's a little bit late to be calling someone who calls it to the public's attention 'garbage,'" said Hoblock. "It seems to me, they didn't want to say anything until they got caught."

Republican Town Board candidate Dan Dustin defended the mailer, and said it is based on facts.

"The focus is really on how the town has proposed to swap land with a miner," he said.

Mahan said that in order to mine on that land, Guptill Holding Corp. would need to fill out permits, which has not happened yet as Guptill does not even own the land yet.

When asked why he thought Guptill Holding Corp. would be mining on the land if acquired, Dustin said, "I'm not aware of [Guptill] having the permits to mine that land, but obviously, if you're a business owner whose in the mining business, what are you going to do with that land?"

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