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Colonie supervisor candidates face off

Mahan repeated several times during the debate that she was not "a career politician," and that her 27-year background as an educator in North Colonie and at the Sage Colleges have left her experienced in the field of human services and prepared her for her role as town supervisor. She spoke about this in her answer after being asked whether she would support Albany County Executive Mike Breslin's plan to close the county nursing home and instead focus on home-based services and assisted living.

Mahan said she thinks the county should offer a continuum of services, but that she understands that some people need the care of a nursing home and "if that's what we need to do, that's what we should do," in regards to having a county nursing home. Hoblock said he agrees that there should be a nursing home. "I think we're going to need a nursing home," he said.

One question asked whether each candidate had filed financial disclosures during the campaign process-something Mahan said is required of candidates running for office as per the town's ethics law. Hoblock said he did not file a financial disclosure because he said he was not aware he had to. He said that if he had known the law requires he do so, he would have. "The law is the law I follow," he said.

Mahan said she did file a disclosure and said that it is important to see what someone running for office has been involved in. She brought up instances where Hoblock allegedly took per diems while being a state senator and said that if he had made a mistake he should own up to it.

Later, Hoblock did admit to taking per diems for transportation to and from Albany and Loudonville while being a state senator. He explained his belief that he lost an election after this came to light and that he has learned his lesson. "I made a mistake and I did pay for it," he said.

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