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COLONIE, N.Y. -- A proposal in Colonie to have an outside company lease the town dump turned into a bit of a political platform in the race for town supervisor.
Former DEC Commissioner and Colonie Town Supervisor Candidate Denise Sheehan is calling for a moratorium on the town's proposed landfill deal with Waste Connections. Sheehan says residents should have more time to scrutinize the deal and learn the impacts of the deal.
Sheehan is also proposing what she calls a "taxpayer neutrality provision." She says town residents and businesses should not pay any more for garbage removal as a result of any provision of the agreement.
Current town supervisor Paula Mahan says the plan will actually help the town's deficit.
"Currently, it will eliminate the landfill deficit and the general fund deficit. It will provide a method for a, the payments that are coming up for the next five years, it is the highest. The town owes a little over $20 million in debt service," Mahan said.
"We also have concerns about the rates the residents are going to be asked to pay, that, while there are some caps there is inflation that is built in, fuel costs and other adjustments, we need to understand all this implications and we to understand them better," said Sheehan.
The town board will vote on the landfill deal this Thursday.