Colonie supervisor candidates face off

One question asked what each would do about the abandoned buildings in town if they became supervisor. Hoblock said he has outlined that he would bring back an abandoned buildings task force to help ensure that fewer abandoned buildings exist in the town while Mahan said that when she came into office she had no knowledge of an abandoned buildings task force existing. Mahan said she would like to work on a way to solve the problem with abandoned buildings but that it does take time to notify the owners and turn the abandoned buildings around.

The candidates disagreed on a question about the Beltrone Living Center and the amount of money the town was paying in rent for office space in the building. While Mahan has maintained that the town was grossly overpaying for only rent in the building with $80,000 per year, Hoblock said that money was used for both rent and services.

Both candidates agreed on a question about what needs to be done about the sex offender population in town which Mahan has attempted to tackle this year when she created a taskforce to look at the number of sex offenders living in hotels and motels in the town and also drafted a law that would require hotel and motel owners to pay a licensing fee and cut the number of sex offenders living at their establishments. Hoblock said, in addition to the new town law, that he would file a Section 78 lawsuit against the county and state for pushing sex offenders into Colonie-something the Mahan administration also did this year.

The final question referred to a recent dispute that was the result of a campaign mailer sent out by the Colonie Republican Committee to residents near Onderdonk Road, implying that a piece of property the town is considering swapping with Guptill Holding Corp. for property that contains a kettle bog could potentially be used by the Guptills for mining.

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