Colonie GOP chairman steps down

Successor unclear as Brian Hogan gives up position for time reasons

— Albany County Legislator Brian Hogan has decided to step down from his position as chairman of Colonie’s Republican Committee.

Hogan, who has held the position for about a year and a half, said he had been considering leaving the position for the past week, and finally made the move Wednesday, July 17.

“It takes so much time. People don’t realize how much time it takes to be chairman of a party,” Hogan said.

Hogan said he wanted to wait until the Republican candidates for town offices were set in place and the petition process was finished.

“I wanted to be fair to the candidates and the party,” he said.

Town Clerk Elizabeth DelTorto said Frank Mauriello, the party’s vice chairman, will take Hogan’s place for the time being as acting chairman. Neither DelTorto nor Hogan said they know who may want to permanently fill the chairman’s shoes.

“I’m sure we’ll have somebody step up who can give the time that it needs,” Hogan said.

DelTorto said she was surprised to hear the news.

“Brian did a very good job. He put a very good slate of candidates together,” DelTorto said. “He wanted to step down earlier rather than later.”

While Hogan said he wants to focus on other tasks, he will remain with the party as a committeeperson and will stay involved by working with the candidates and “helping the party move forward.”

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