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Mahan declares victory, but race continues

Denise Sheehan does not conceded, absentee ballots to be counted

Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan hugs her sister Donna Barry after declaring victory in the race for the supervisor’s seat on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The race has not yet ended as there are still several absentee ballots yet to be counted.

Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan hugs her sister Donna Barry after declaring victory in the race for the supervisor’s seat on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The race has not yet ended as there are still several absentee ballots yet to be counted. Photo by Andrew Beam.

— Mahan did not waiver when she said she was claiming a victory even with the absentee ballots yet to be counted. She is confident after seeing the number of absentee ballots still out that the race will continue to stay in her favor.

“Statistically our numbers look good,” Mahan said. “I’m confident we’ll be fine.

She said she was happy to see the race over. Earlier in the day, Mahan called the race one of the dirtiest she’d ever been involved in and she only reinforced that at the end of the night by saying there was “a target on my back from day one.”

“I’m just happy the people of Colonie saw through the misinformation,” Mahan said.

In the contest for three open Town Board seats, Colonie Democrats pulled in victories, with Nancy Hernandez, William E. Carl and Paul Rosano, all Dems, amassing the most votes.

Republican candidate for Town Board Peter Molinaro said he'd be sticking it out until the absentees are counted, as well. The fourth-place finisher garnered 9,798 votes to Rosano's 10,125, a margin of 327 votes.

“It’s an uphill battle but it’s worth fighting for all of the people that supported us,” Molinaro said. “I don’t want to let them down. So, we’ll fight it until every vote is counted.”

Rosano said he had mixed feelings about leaving his position on the town’s Planning Board and said he is basically shifting over to the legislative side.

“I’m so engrossed in the Planning Board, because that’s what adds to the tax base in this town and that’s what’s going to put the jobs in this town,” Rosano said. “I’m going to miss that, certainly. I’ll move on to the next piece.”

Mahan said she would now focus on continuing the town’s financial plan as she expects to continue to run the Town of Colonie as supervisor. This includes the 10-year financial plan that had a goal of eliminating the town’s deficit, something she said she was proud to have accomplished.

“That’s something we’ll have to maintain and make sure we’re be able to use our resources,” Mahan said. “That means monitoring and managing the town’s finances closely so we don’t come into that problem again.”

Mahan also plans to continue to look into restructuring and consolidating various areas in the town to help save taxpayers’ dollars.

“I’m looking forward to working with everybody and go on and continue with the progress with made to date,” Mahan said.

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