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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.

— While Green has been working in the private sector, his opponent Haak, 45, is a councilman for the State Assembly Majority Conference. He is also already sitting on the board, having been appointed in June.

As a past St. Johnsville town and county supervisor and with 25 years in both local and state government, Haak said he wants to bring his breadth of experience to the Colonie Town Board. Haak also said he would like to focus on budgeting, and bring his 10 years of background in municipal finance to bear.

“We’ve turned around the town in the last couple of years from deficit to surplus … (I) want to continue to grow that,” Haak said.

He said while he was going door-to-door, he heard most people “don’t want to see changes in Colonie.”

“They’re very happy living in Colonie. We want to maintain that quality of life,” Haak said. “Colonie’s a great place to live.”

Haak is also a founding member of the Friends of the William K. Sanford Town Library and served on the Colonie Planning Board.

All in all, Haak said he believes his 25 years of experience makes him stand out.

“I have dealt in some manner over that period of time with just about every issue that can face the Town Board,” Haak said. “I think my experience equals an independence and openness to ideas. Bring an independent eye to the issues that are coming up. I have a very short learning curve.”

As they face off to fill the remaining year of Dustin’s term, both Gomez and Rowley bring a variety of experience to the table.

Gomez, 70, has been a resident of Colonie since 1968 and works in the private sector. As the owner of Gomez Electrical Contractors, Gomez has also been a member of 28 professional and community service boards, including the Colonie Sign Board and the United States Small Business Administration National Advisory Council.

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