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Election season rears its head during meeting

Supervisor Paula Mahan chastises Republicans for being negative over landfill agreement

— Republican Town Board Member Dan Dustin soon weighed in and said after looking through the financial report that it showed the town had a deficit in its general fund of $18 million. Mahan soon tore into Dustin for his negativity throughout the process.

“You have not been positive about the whole thing and the bottom line is I don’t understand how you can sit up here and not want your town to get into better financial shape, to pay off deficits that you were also left with,” she said. “How would you like to wake up every day and have to pay everyone else’s bills?”

Dustin soon responded and said that he was offended Mahan said in a public forum that he has been negative on the landfill issue. At that point, members of the crowd soon began shouting out before Town Attorney Mike Magguilli tried to restore some order before Dustin continued his response.

“You continually go back to past history, but I think we have to look at current history,” Dustin said the town accrued $10 million in losses in the last two years. “It’s not so much what’s going to happen today, tomorrow or whatever, things haven’t gotten better.”

Town Board Member Dan Hornick and Blair contested that the numbers being used by Republicans were inflated since they were including depreciation, which Mahan said is out of the town’s control.

Mahan made sure to note that the landfill deal will not solve all of the town’s problems and that there is a lot more work to be done.

“It’s a long road,” she said.

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