Election season rears its head during meeting

Supervisor Paula Mahan chastises Republicans for being negative over landfill agreement

— It only took three minutes for things to get ugly at the Colonie Town Board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, when Republican candidate for supervisor Denise Sheehan, yet again, ripped into the town for its operating agreement for the landfill with Waste Connections, Inc.

Coming off the heels of the transfer of operations of the landfill over to Waste Connections, Inc. on Monday, Sept. 19, Colonie Republican candidates came out against the town, yet again, for what they believe is a bad deal for the town. The discussion merely came down to discussing whether the $23 million the town would receive upfront would wipe away the town’s general fund deficit of a little over $10 million as well as its landfill deficit of $11.4 million.

Sheehan contested that the deficit, based off of numbers the town filed with the New York State Comptroller’s office for its end of the year 2010 financial update, was actually $18 million instead of the little over $10 million the town has claimed it is.

When Republican Town Board candidate Pete Molinaro began speaking in regards to if the town had consulted bond and finance experts before the contract was signed, he hit a nerve that Mahan said offended her.

“Let me just be frank with my question because, I know, we get up here and we’ve done this a lot, we dance around,” Molinaro said. “So, let’s stop dancing. We heard…”

“I’m not dancing, Peter,” Mahan interjected. “Please don’t… I’m offended by that. We have been doing everything we can to do it exactly the way it’s supposed to be done. We have been going through this for a very long time. I don’t have all the answers for you at the tip of my tongue. The bottom line is, to say dancing around, we have given…”

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