Colonie GOP puts up full slate in town

Halburian, who has been a physical education teacher for 24 years at Colonie Central High School, said seeing waste in the administration at his school made him feel as though he could make some changes in the town.

"The budget is just killing me," he said. "Just how they say one number but it's really not that low. As a teacher, I can see how much waste is in the school and I can only imagine how much waste there is in the town. I can't do anything about the school district, but I can do something in the town."

Halburian said he believes he can help in areas of the town such as the parks and recreational department and also with the landfill. With his father recently passing away, Halburian said he is constantly concerned about his mother's well being, which translates into his desire to make sure the town's seniors are taken care of.

He shares the sentiment with Jasiewicz that the environment at Town Board meetings can seem hostile, as he referred to it more as an "us against them" atmosphere. Jasiewicz said the town board seems interrogate those who speak during the public comment period, mainly singling out Attorney Michael Magguilli.

Molinaro, who has stood up to speak during several board meetings, said he believes Magguilli does his job well for the town. He added that he has had many civil conversations with Magguilli and said he respects him. For the first time he approached the board, he said he sensed their apprehension because of his political affiliation but said that has since changed.

"The demeanor is a lot more cordial now than the first time I started coming around," he said. "Maybe they realized I wasn't there to point fingers, I wasn't there to make accusations, I was there to raise issues and put my point across as respectfully I could. I do think there was change over."

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