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Colonie supervisor hopefuls face off in debate

Town finances, transparency key points of discussion

The League of Women Voters, the Spotlight and the Colonie Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum on Oct. 30 at the Holiday Inn Wolf Rd.

The League of Women Voters, the Spotlight and the Colonie Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum on Oct. 30 at the Holiday Inn Wolf Rd. Photo by John McIntyre.

— “In order to get information, certainly you can call Town Hall, but why not make it available to everybody? More simply put, we need to FOIL, Freedom of Information Act request, in order to get information and to do so, most recently to do so, I was asked to pay a bill of over $2,500. That to me is unacceptable,” said Drake.

Mahan disputed those claims.

“As far as FOIL’ing we try to tell people that sometimes people ask for things when they don’t know what they’re asking for so they ask for too much,” replied Mahan. “When you ask for thousands of pages of things it costs a lot of money. We try to find a way to reduce that to find out what you are asking or what you are looking for.”

The candidates also fielded questions about the town’s infrastructure, recreational facilities and their past accomplishments.

Six vying for Town Board

Six candidates are seeking three spots on the Town Board, and they all met in a panel-style forum on Wednesday.

They answered questions from the audience that ranged from whether or not the town should create a ward representation system to how to create a greener Town of Colonie.

The candidates gave answers that generally split along party lines.

“It’s no secret I’m a very big proponent of having a ward system. I’ve had the opportunity to walk about every square inch of Colonie over the last two years, having campaigned very closely last year and coming up short. I must say the biggest complaint I have heard at all the doors is that there are forgotten parts of the town,” said Republican David Greene.

Democrat Linda Murphy disagreed.

“Our town has so many diverse areas I would hate to see it dissected into sections. I believe the town needs to protect and represent all the residents,” she said.

Also running are Republicans Paula Fusco-Ragaini and Allan Rea. Democrats Susan Milstein and David Rowley are also seeking office.

The Town Board debate lasted just over an hour, with members from both parties. The candidates, regardless of party, said they wanted to be on the Town Board to ensure that the town is great for generations to come.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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