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Four vie for two board seats

Republicans hope to capture remainder of terms from Dem appointees

As Election Day draws near, four candidates are seeking two open Colonie Town Board seats.

As Election Day draws near, four candidates are seeking two open Colonie Town Board seats. Photo by John McIntyre.

— As Election Day draws near, four candidates are seeking two open Colonie Town Board seats.

The partial terms are up in these off-year races after two Town Board members — Dan Dustin, formerly the only Republican on the Town Board, and Democrat Nancy Hernandez — resigned. Each new member will fill the remainder of the four-year terms.

Republican David Green and Democrat Brian Haak are facing off to fill the three years left in Hernandez’s term. Republican Joe Gomez and Democrat David Rowley are both running to complete one year left in Dustin’s term. That seat will be up again for a full four-year term in 2013. Both Democrats were appointed to the open seats earlier this year as they were vacated.

Green, 37, is a lifelong resident of Colonie and an attorney specializing in real estate and elder law. He was able to gain the Independence Party line through a write-in campaign. He said he is looking to bring more diversity on the board.

“Currently we have all one party administrating the town … primarily all elected Democrats,” Green said. “We don’t have an independent voice.”

With a background in accounting, Green said he’d like to pay very close attention to the budget.

“I want the Town of Colonie to exercise some budgetary constraints going forward,” Green said.

He said he knows there are some difficult and “unpopular” decisions to be made, but it will help “maintain our financial integrity” in the town, he said.

Green also wants to attract small businesses to the area. Moreover, he said his “youthfulness and enthusiastic energy” could be very beneficial to the board.

“I have a work ethic that is parallel to none,” Green said. “I am huge on communication and openness. I’m very accessible to people by a number of means of communication. Very responsive. I think it’s a priority that we keep people involved.”

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