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Board candidates find little to disagree on

Debate between four Colonie Town Board candidates covers economics, transparency, landfill deal

Four candidates are running for two open seats on the Colonie Town Board.

Four candidates are running for two open seats on the Colonie Town Board. Photo by John McIntyre.

— "Put (meetings) out onto the street corners, either at a shopping mall or a diner. Residents can come up to the board members and ask questions without having to appear before a formal board meeting," Haak said.

Green added that televising the meetings would be beneficial to the many seniors in the community.

One question asked the candidates' opinion on the controversial landfill deal. In 2011, the town signed a landfill operation agreement with Waste Connections to take care of the town's deficit associated with the landfill. Republicans attacked Democrat Supervisor Paula Mahan at the time, but Gomez said on Tuesday he thinks criticizing the landfill deal is "fruitless."

"The landfill is history," Gomez said.

Haak said the agreement allowed the town to eliminate the deficit and he still believes it was a good deal for the town. Green said the agreement should still be monitored.

As for accommodating the increasing senior population, candidates said they believe the town is already doing a "phenomenal job." Haak and Green added the town should continue to listen to the senior community.

"I think we need to listen. And I think that's something in government a lot of people don't do unless it's listening to themselves. We need to survey the seniors that are in this town and we need to make sure we're meeting their needs," Green said.

Both Green and Rowley stated they are lifelong residents of the town and intend to keep it one of the safest places to live.

"Colonie is a great place to live. That's why unlike some who were placed here by their parents, I freely chose to live here," Haak said. "I want to serve on Town Board because I want it to continue to be the best place to live."

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