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Ex-Bethlehem super to see action in Colonie

He said although Colonie is larger than Bethlehem, local government appeals to him and a position in the department of public works is "more in line" with what he wants.

He said when Mahan approached him regarding the position saving money was among some of the items discussed.

"We agreed it's probably a good fit for both of us," he said. "For me, this is a great opportunity to use my skills in finance and municipal government."

Like Mahan, he said this position has nothing to do with political patronage, and said from his own experience as supervisor, patronage is "the last thing" a supervisor thinks about when making appointments. He said finding qualified personnel is a priority.

"This has nothing to do with patronage at all," he said.

He said a number of bloggers who have addressed the issue are misinformed.

"These people have no idea what its like to be supervisor," he said. "They have no idea what its like to do that job."

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