Political newcomer Todd Drake is hoping to upstate current Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan this Tuesday. Karen Tararache has more on both candidates.
COLONIE, N.Y. -- "I’m not looking to make a career out of town supervisor for Colonie. I’d like to make a contribution," said candidate Todd Drake.
Political newcomer Todd Drake hopes to use his skills as owner of a real estate management business in Latham to improve the Town of Colonie.
Drake said, "If we open our doors and work with companies and aggressively pursue them and market all the wonderful things that Colonie has to offer for business and for residents, than we can be successful."
Seeking her fourth term as town supervisor, Paula Mahan feels that the town does have economic strength in its business development. She focuses on increasing the fund balance.
"We’re up to $1.45 million as of 2012," Mahan said. "Those are our latest numbers and we’re working toward our comptroller's goal of $4 million."
She adds that by privatizing the landfill two years ago, the town received $23 million, which was used to eliminate previous deficit funds.
Mahan said, "We took an asset that was losing money and turned it into something that will be bringing revenue into the town securely for a very long time."
But Drake disagrees.
"It was a onetime operation because we were responding to a crisis. We have to plan. We don’t want to have to react we want to plan for the future," Drake said.
Drake's plan, if elected, is to bring residents what he calls a more transparent annual budget.
"The New York State comptroller pointed out in his report that the lack of transparency in the budgeting process made it very difficult for officials in the town, as well as the residents, to make informed choices," Drake said.
Mahan said, "First of all, he’s going back to 2012. He’s pulling out certain lines without giving all the facts. You have to read the whole report."
Drake said, "I don’t believe in multiple terms beyond two terms for any office. After a certain amount of time, you may become what you originally fought against as the establishment."