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Drake questions Mahan administration transparency

Oft-referenced 10-year financial plan subject of words disagreement between supervisor candidates

Republican candidate for Colonie own Supervisor Todd Drake held a press event on the lawn of Town Hall Wednesday, Oct. 2, to call for greater transparency in town government.

Republican candidate for Colonie own Supervisor Todd Drake held a press event on the lawn of Town Hall Wednesday, Oct. 2, to call for greater transparency in town government. Photo by Billy DeLap.

— In stepping up his campaign for Colonie town supervisor, Republican candidate Todd Drake has taken aim at his rival’s handling of town finances.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Colonie Town Hall, Drake discussed the effectiveness and transparency of Supervisor Paula Mahan’s administration, focusing specifically on the supervisor’s often referenced 10-year fiscal plan.

“Because the details of the so called financial plan were never made public it is virtually impossible to independently evaluate if the plan is even effective,” Drake said.

Mahan, however, counters that the plan is hosted on the town’s website for all to see.

“It’s not a secret plan it has been on our website since 2008,” Mahan said. “We needed a 10-year plan because the town was financially devastated. We needed a comprehensive long term plan.”

After Mahan pointed to the document, Drake released a statement in which he asserted it did not live up to expectations.

“To be clear, a memo does not make a financial plan. Nor does a document that lacks a quantitative analysis of fiscal policy or fails to provide future projections of revenues and expenditures,” Drake said in a statement. “The Mahan administration’s inability to understand the difference between a memo and a financial plan helps explain their poor management of taxpayer dollars.”

Drake said he has filed a Freedom of Information Law request seeking cash expenditures, revenue and projections for all Town of Colonie funds for the fiscal years of 2008-17. That way an independent party could evaluate the records, he said.

“The issue at stake here for the taxpayers of Colonie is that we don’t know if the Mahan administration’s secret 10-year plan is simply based on raising taxes and giving away town assets or if its even working at all. Again, it’s the Mahan administration’s lack of transparency that is the issue here.”

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