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Court rejects landfill lawsuit appeal

Town says it has spent $40k fighting two-year old lawsuit

— “At the close of almost two years, I am happy to report that the town has benefitted greatly from our operating agreement with CRL,” Mahan said in a statement. “We still own the landfill, which is running smoothly, and the town is reaping the benefits of a guaranteed annual income from our landfill.”

She credited the agreement as playing a role in eliminating the town’s deficit.

“There’s no doubt that she inherited problems,” Conners said. “I just don’t agree with the way she chose to deal with it.”

Mahan called the suit “frivolous, irresponsible and baseless legal action” that wasted taxpayer money. Town Attorney Mike Magguilli is looking to see if there can be any redress for the town, which paid roughly $40,000 fighting the suit over the past two years.

“If it in fact appears this lawsuit was baseless, there’s a possibility we can go to court and seek reimbursements,” Magguilli said.

Conners said he thinks the town’s landfill should be managed by Colonie. He referred to the Albany landfill, which he said provides “significant revenue” for the City of Albany. He suggested doing something with the landfills as a county-wide tactic to increase recycling and improve the front-end sorting of the materials.

“I think (the way) it’s being run now is a short-term benefit for Capital Region Landfills. I don’t think it benefits the people of the Town of Colonie or Albany County long term,” Conners said.

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