The GOP candidates for Colonie Town Board all have a common concern about the direction of the town: its finances.
Pete Molinaro, Kevin Halburian and Tom Jasiewicz were on hand for a campaign kick-off on Sunday, June 5, at the Lansing's Farm Market and Greenhouses on Lisha Kill Road. They share the same sentiment as Denise Sheehan, who is running for supervisor of Colonie, that the town is heading in the wrong direction.
I knew we had some problems before the town changed hands, if you will, and I had some hope things would change, said Jasiewicz, former owner of Communications and Technology Solutions and a volunteer firefighter for the Verdoy Fire Department. "And to be quite honest, it's gotten considerably worse."
The debt and taxes have gone up in the town since the Democrats took over, he said, and the town has been losing jobs. He said he takes issue with the town changing laws to allow political friends to keep their jobs, referring specifically to the earlier controversy surrounding Department of Public Commissioner Jack Cunningham.
Jasiewicz started his Communications and Technology Solutions business and then sold it. Having this experience, he said, allowed him to see the entire lifespan of a business, which he believes would help streamline some departments in the town, such as the fire department coordinating with the dispatch.
After he sold the company, he gained a lot of free time. When he was running his business, he said he didn't have time to try and correct things in the town he didn't like. Now that has the time, he's making his run for a position on the board.
"I actually helped out on a few campaigns to kind of see how things worked, and that's when I said I was really ready to throw my hat in the ring," he said. "Most people look at government and say, 'Oh, I don't think I can do that. That's way above my head.' But I looked at that and felt I could manage it."