Sheehan touts managerial experience

Sheehan said she would look into using more renewable energy products. This would include putting solar panels on town buildings and capturing methane and turning it into energy at the wastewater plant.

Sheehan said she would also like to look into the use of town-designated engineer and make it a more competitive process.

"I want to ensure business, that what businesses are paying for that they are the most competitive they can be," she said. "The process needs to be done totally by the town."

Sheehan said she has met with the Republican, Conservative and Independent committees in town and is seeking a broad base of support. Albany County GOP Chairman Don Clarey said he is ecstatic over Sheehan's announcement.

"I'm so thrilled with the Colonie town committee who recruited her," he said. "She's a proven administrator. I've met her several times, and she is a great lady. She'll make a great supervisor."

Clarey highlighted Sheehan's experience as the commissioner at DEC and said that will make for a good reason as to why she should be leading the Republican ticket. He said he doesn't fiddle with town politics, but he always likes to provide his support for people who are looking to run.

"I like to encourage people who want to run," he said, adding that candidates will call him and ask him what he thinks.

Clarey said Sheehan will have to tackle taxes in the town of Colonie if elected because, he said, the current administration has not been able to lower the debt and has raised taxes.

"Property taxes are a big issue there," he said.

The Colonie Town Board is currently dominated by Democrats except for Councilman Dan Dustin. He said he is happy to hear Sheehan has decided to run and he understands her concern regarding the direction the town is heading in.

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