COLONIE The Village of Colonie has its first new trustee in more than a decade as 1,242 votes were cast in the Tuesday, March 18, election. Three candidates ran for two seats on the board of trustees, with incumbent Tom Tobin and newcomer Patty Lockhart ultimately securing the seats.
Betty Film, who served on the village board since 1979, decided not to seek reelection this year, leaving one of the two seats up for grabs. Tobin, a member of Your Village Party, has held his position on the board since 1998.
“We’re very happy. I think there was a 19 percent turnout, which is very large. We felt the residents wanted an independent party and didn’t want an outside party. The vote showed that,” said Tobin. “We worked very hard, getting petitions in cold weather, and we have a lot of support in the community. We’re looking to go forward.”
Lockhart, an Albany County legislator, also ran as a member of Your Village Party.
“I think it’s outstanding. I’m very excited. I love the village and the turnout. I think they sent a message they want the village to stay the village and don’t want the big-time politics,” said Lockhart.
Lawrence Warner, a 20-year veteran of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, ran on the Conservative and Village of Colonie Citizens Party line.
“I had good intentions coming in and valid points with Central Avenue and the issues we’re having with these hotels. For one person running against the village party, I thought I did well with just shy of 400 votes,” said Warner. “I’m excited Patty Lockhart is in. I wish Tobin luck. I hope someone will take an issue with what I put out there.”
Warner hinted that even though his first run at politics did not get him a seat, it may not be his last, and he feels passionately about the issues he thinks need to be fixed.