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Off and running for Colonie board

— There are two Colonie Town Board seats up for grabs on Election Day and four candidates vying for them. Financial disclosures filed with the New York State Board of Elections in July offer a glimpse into how the race is shaping up.

A Town Board shuffle prompted the off-year vacancies after Councilman Dan Dustin resigned to take a job in Tennessee in December and David Rowley was selected by the Town Board to fill Dustin’s spot. Deputy Town Supervisor Nancy Hernandez stepped down to take a job with the state comptroller this spring and former Planning Board member Brian Haak was chosen to fill a spot created when Councilman William Carl moved to fill Hernandez’s post. The two appointees are running to secure the remainder of the seats’ terms.

Now, two Republicans are hoping to shake up the Democratic Town Board.

Joseph Gomez is gunning for Rowley’s seat, which is an unexpired one-year term. David Green is challenging Haak for the unexpired three-year term.

So far, Green is leading the fundraising pack with over $18,000 in his war chest.

“I’m excited about it. I have a lot of support in Colonie,” said Green, a lawyer. “My support has come 95 percent from clients. I only have one family donor, which is my parents.”

Green’s records show 32 individual donations for a total of $11,270, with the largest single donation being $1,000. He gleaned $8,400 from corporate donations.

And though he’s already pulled ahead monetarily, Green said he’s not done yet.

“We just had (another) fundraiser at the Mouse Trap in Latham and had an amazing turnout. I counted about 110 people come through the doors,” said Green. “In addition to what I’ve already disclosed … I have another $5,000 or $6,000 to add to that already, so I’m doing great.”

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