Established by an act of the New York State Legislature on June 7, 1895, the Town of Colonie received its name from the Dutch "Colonye," meaning "the settlement outside the city." It was created from the Town of Watervliet when farmers living in the rural part of the Town of Watervliet were dissatisfied with being governed by the Village of West Troy. The New York State Legislature, after listening to their concerns, allowed the rural portion of the Town to secede. Subsequently, most of the former Township of Watervliet, except for the City of Watervliet, became the Town of Colonie.
Since its inception, the Town has steadily grown to become the largest and most populous municipality in Albany County with 57.2 square miles and over 80,000 residents.
The newly renovated and expanded Albany International Airport is located within the borders of the Town, and the Amtrak Railway is a short drive away. Colonie is bounded on the north by the Mohawk River and on the East by the navigable Hudson River.
The Town of Colonie, a Town of the first class (in New York, towns are either first or second class depending upon their size), is one of 932 towns in the State of New York. It is the most populous in Albany County.
Colonie - "A Wonderful Place to Live."
Simply put, there are several reasons why someone would like to live in the Town of Colonie.
Location, Location, Location
There is a saying
in real estate that "The key to selling a piece of property is
location". Fortunately for us the Town of Colonie has great location!
As a resident you are able to easily and quickly access major transportation
routes. Four main New York State Highways (Route 9, Route 7, the Northway
(I-87) and Route 5 bisect the Town. In addition, residents of the Town
can also easily access Interstates 90, 787 and 88, the New York State
Thruway, the Albany International Airport and the Amtrak Train Station.
Strong Financial Outlook
The Town has a low tax rate and a strong economy. As a result of careful fiscal planning, Town residents have experienced very few tax increases over the past seven years and actually saw decreases in two of those years. As a result of our strong financial position, the Town enjoys a solid credit rating as assigned by Moody's Investor Services. As a result, the Town benefits from savings of lower interest rates which is passed on to residents and taxpayers.
Quality of Life
When one decides to live in the Town, they can be assured of the finest police protection, excellent youth and a wide variety of recreational opportunities.
The Town was recently named the 6th Safest Community in the United States in a ranking compiled by Morgan Quinto Press, a Lawrence, Kansas based research company. All 350 communities with populations of 75,000 and above that report crime data to the FBI are included in this study.
Of course, much of this is attributed to our Police Department who develop and foster relationships with the residents of our community. The Colonie Police Department provides programs that are geared towards participation and activity. Some of the programs that the Department provides are the Civilian Police Academy, Police Explorer Post, Community Initiatives, Crime Prevention, Child Safety Seat Installation, School Resource Officers and School D.A.R.E. Programs.
The goal of the Police Department is to try and prevent crimes from occurring in the first place. Through constant contact with residents, youth and businesses relationships are formed and a level of trust established.
With regard to youth and senior programs the Town has a Youth Bureau, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Senior Resources Department and Senior Clubs that provide numerous and diverse programs and services to residents of all ages.
Other Points of Interests
Whether young or old, Colonie has something to offer all new residents. If you enjoy recreational activities, the Town has a 150-acre park which includes an Olympic-size swimming pool, hiking trails, and access to boating on the Mohawk River. The Crossings offers approximately 6 miles of trails, formal and informal gardens, picnic pavilions, a barrier-free playground and many other amenities for your enjoyment.
Other recreational opportunities in the Town include 15 neighborhood pocket parks, tennis and basketball courts, skating rinks, a 36-hole championship golf course and a 5.5 mile long bike trail.
Educational And Cultural Opportunities
Located in the heart of Colonie, the William K. Sanford Town Library,with close to 175,000 holdings, offers a full range of services including an award winning children's section, access to the Internet, a complete business reference center, and many programs for both children and adults throughout the year.
For those interested in exploring the history and culture of Colonie, we suggest a visit to the Pruyn House , a historic structure located in the Town that is on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places. The Pruyn House is open to the public for tours and is the site for art exhibits throughout the year as well as music and historical programs.
The above just briefly covers the many services, programs, activities and places of interest that the Town has to offer. Employees of all of our Town Departments and elected officials continue to work together and to work with the community to improve upon the quality of life that we offer making this a place where people want to live, work and play for many years to come.