Events and Happenings in Colonie

State of the Town: Supervisor Paula Mahan delivered her 2016 State of the Town address January 21 both at an Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce event and a Town Board meeting later that day. Shown at the Chamber event are, from left, Congressman Paul Tonko, Chamber CEO Mark Eagan, Supervisor Mahan, and Richard Sleasman of CBRE Albany, which co-sponsored the event.


Supervisor Paula Mahan, center left , and County Executive Dan McCoy, center right, join the region’s  jetBlue manager on December 10 as she cuts the ribbon inaugurating Jet Blue’s new service at the Albany International Airport (2015).

BurgerFi Grand Opening: Supervisor Paula Mahan helped cut the ribbon at the September grand opening of BurgerFi in Latham. Also shown are members of the BurgerFi team and, front row left, Colonie Chamber of Commerce President Tom Nolte, Assemblyman Phil Steck, Supervisor Mahan, Bill Lia and wife, Angelo Mazzone, County Executive Dan McCoy, and Mark Eagan, president of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce (2015).

Deck the Halls (2015):  Young singers lead the crowd in holiday songs at the Greater Loudonville Association’s annual tree lighting at Loudon Green on Sunday, November 29.

Promoted to New Duties (2015):  Five Colonie Police Officers received promotions at the Colonie Town Board meeting on December 7, 2015.  Pictured from left are new sergeants James Herbst  and  John Santorio, Colonie Police Chief Jonathan Teale, Supervisor Paula Mahan, newly named Lieutenant Henry Rosenzweig and Sgts. John O’Donnell and Bob Barrett, both of whom have new administrative duties. Sgt. O’Donnell will be the new Traffic Safety Unit Sergeant, replacing Sgt. David Leonardo, who is retiring.  Sgt. Barrett is the new Administrative Unit Sergeant, replacing Henry Rosenzweig, who was promoted to Lieutenant.   Town Board members shown are, from left second row, David Green, David Rowley, Linda Murphy, Paul Rosano, and Brian Haak.

Operation Welcome Home (2015): County Executive Dan McCoy and Supervisor Paula Mahan, center, helped kick off Operation Welcome Home at the Colonie ShopRite. Spearheaded by Albany County, Operation Welcome Home will collect personal items for soldiers from the Third Battalion, Seventh Marines returning from a deployment in the Middle East.  Also pictured with members of the Marine Corps League, are, from left, Blue Star Mother Ann Madeo, Albany County Clerk Bruce Hidley, ShopRite's Shannon DeFreese, and Village of Colonie Mayor Frank Leak.

New Officers for the CPD (2015): Supervisor Paula Mahan and Colonie Police Chief Jonathan Teale introduced ten new Colonie police officers at Colonie’s Public Safety Center on October 22.  Shown with Supervisor Mahan are, from front row left , Town Board member Paul Rosano and new officers Javier Martinez, William Guthrie, Patrick Murphy, Ryan Berkery, Ardit Potka, Alexandra Hart, Jason Perry, Austin Blais, Jordan Rando, and  Alvin Guerrero.  Second row, from left, Town Board members Brian Haak, Linda Murphy, and Deputy Supervisor William Carl.  All ten officers were officially appointed at the Town Board meeting later that day.

New Promotions, Hires at CPD:  Seven Colonie Police officers were promoted and two new dispatchers appointed at the September 17 Town Board meeting.  From left, front, are newly promoted investigators Robert Willey, Nicholas Sidoti, David Mink, and Ray Milham, Supervisor Paula Mahan, Chief Jonathan Teale, new sergeants Guy Jubert and Thomas Breslin, dispatchers Kelley Bauer and Joseph Sholtes, and James Herbst, also promoted to investigator.  Back row, from left, are Town Board Members David Green, David Rowley, William Carl, Linda Murphy, Brian Haak, and Paul Rosano.

Supervisor Paula Mahan, center, chats with IntegraOptics CEO David Prescott, right, and President Jason Zarillo, left, at an August 13 open house for the company’s newly expanded headquarters in a renovated airplane hanger at Albany International Airport. The fiber optics company, which now occupies two former hangers, has doubled its workforce since 2013 and also has employees at its new start-up, Integra LED.


Team Kickball: Supervisor Paula Mahan joined the Colonie Police Department’s kickball team for the 2nd annual Kick It 4 Kids Corporate Challenge to benefit the Albany Police Athletic League’s youth programs.

Ring That Bell:  Supervisor Paula Mahan got assistance from Shea Hildenbrandt ringing the opening bell for the Farmers’ Market at The Crossings on May 12.  Among others joining in were Town Clerk Liz DelTorto (back left) and Town Board member Paul Rosano (far right).  Featuring more than 30 vendors, the Farmers’ Market will be open from 9 am to 1 pm Saturdays through September 12.


Topping the List: Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan was named Elected Official of the Year by the American Public Works Association’s Capital Branch on February 27 in recognition of her support for important infrastructure projects.  Two Town projects also won top awards for projects under $5 million.  The Sand Creek Road Improvement Project was named Transportation Project of the Year and the Water Treatment Filter Repair Project at the Mohawk View Water Treatment Plant was named Disaster or Emergency Repair Project of the Year.   Pictured at the awards ceremony are Town of Colonie employees Pure Waters Superintendent Chretien Voerg, Water Engineer Dan Seaver, Latham Water Superintendent John Frazer, Supervisor Mahan, Public Works Operations Supervisor Bill Neeley, DPW Commissioner John Cunningham and Chief Water Treatment Operator Dan Marshall.

Lions, and tigers, and bears, and bunnies, and dogs!  A host of furry animals, storybook characters, beautiful princesses, and fabulous superheroes turned out to march in the costume parade at the Town’s annual Halloween celebration.  Organized by the Town’s Division of Youth Services, the celebration was held at The Pruyn House.

In Disguise: Children show off their costumes  at the Town’s annual Halloween celebration on October 25.  The event also featured music, spooky stories, and refreshments.


Otto the Auto: Children chat with Hudson Valley Auto Club’s Otto the Auto.  Once again this year, Otto showed up at the Town’s annual Halloween celebration to help children learn about traffic and pedestrian safety.  That’s no disguise, Otto really is a small animatronic auto!


Please Take Me Home! Supervisor Paula Mahan, right, helped cut the ribbon for PetSmart’s new pet adoption center at its Latham Farms store.  Pictured, from left,  are Scott Siegel , of the Albany County Executive’s Office; Mark Eagan, president and CEO of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce; Brad Shear, executive director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society;  Assembly Member Phil Steck, and Supervisor Mahan.  A partnership of PetSmart Charities and  the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, the center is the first such PetSmart center in the northeast.


Bridging A Gap:  On August 29, Supervisor Paula Mahan  and others opened a new connector to the Hudson-Mohawk Bike-Hike Path.  Constructed by Prime Companies as a public service, the connector runs through the Shelter Cove residential development, joining the Bike-Hike Path at the Colonie Town Park.  Pictured are Supervisor Mahan and Ken Raymond of  Prime Companies, center.   Also pictured, from left front, John Cunningham, Commissioner of Public Works, Mark Metchick of Hershberg & Hershberg, and Alicia Osur, Director of Community Services, and second row left and right, Michael Lyons and Mike Tengeler from the  Office of Planning and Economic Development, and Steve Brustle, Town engineer, center.


Firefighter Honored: At the September 4 Town Board meeting, Supervisor Paula Mahan presented Shaker Road Loudonville volunteer firefighter Patrick O’Connor with a proclamation honoring his outstanding service in saving three cardiac arrest victims.  After receiving the proclamation, O’Connor acknowledged all the Town’s first responders, including his fellow volunteer firefighters and the police and EMS Departments.  


Supervisor Paula Mahan welcomes volunteer firefighters from around the state to Colonie, as James Burns, President of the Firefighters Association of the State of New York (FASNY), looks on.   More than 1,000 firefighters attended FASNY’S 142nd annual convention, held at the Desmond.  FASNY also held its annual Youth Firefighter Training Day at Colonie’s Municipal Training Center on August 21.

About 100 junior firefighters attended FASNY’s annual Youth Training Day held at the Town’s Municipal Training Center  on August 21.  Top, a group of young people take part in a drill on the proper technique for hosing down a propane tank in case of fire.   Bottom , volunteer firefighters extinguish a propane fire in a demonstration at the FASNY Youth Training Day.

Softball Champs: At the July 10 Town Board meeting, Supervisor Paula Mahan, center, and the Town Board  presented a proclamation to the Colonie Crossfire 14 and Under Softball Team in honor of its June win of the 2014 District 7 Amateur Softball Association Fastpitch Softball New York State Championship.  Town Board members, back row from left, are David Green, David Rowley, William Carl, Linda Murphy, Brian Haak, and Paul Rosano.


International Dialogue: Supervisor Paula Mahan met with a delegation from Kosovo on June 26.  The group of urban planning and development officials visited the Capital Region through the Open World Program, a U.S. exchange program with post-Soviet countries.   Political and civic leaders are selected for delegations through a competitive vetting process.


Cutting the Ribbon: Staff and well-wishers at a June 19 ribbon-cutting for the new Bellini’s Restaurant at the Village of New Loudon.  Pictured, from left, are Town Board Member Linda Murphy, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy,  Arnold Proskin, Robert Marini, and, fourth from right to end, Bellini’s owner Joe Marello,  Supervisor Paula Mahan, Town Board Member David Green, and Colonie Chamber President Tom Nolte.


They’re Champs! Supervisor Paula Mahan visited Shaker High School on June 17 to honor the Shaker High School Girls Lacrosse Team, which won the Section II Class A Championship on May 21.  Among those pictured are, at left, Shaker Director of Physical Education/Athletics Edward Dopp and Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, and, from right, Shaker High School Principal Richard Murphy, Supervisor Mahan, and Coach Kara DePaula-Lynch.


Civic Action: Rep. Paul Tonko attended the Town’s May 2 Students in Local Government Day, joining students from Colonie Central, Shaker High, and CBA to discuss the legislative process in Congress and receive the 2014 Legislative Advocacy Recognition Award from the New York Section of the American Water Works Association. The award recognized his leadership in passage of the Community Fire Safety Act of 2013, which saved millions of dollars for U.S. municipalities by exempting fire hydrants from regulations designed to limit lead in drinking water. With the students are Rep. Tonko, first row left, Colonie Water Engineer Daniel Seaver, second row left, Supervisor Paula Mahan, second row center, and Latham Water District Superintendent John Frazer, third row left.  The Congressman introduced the legislation after receiving a letter from Frazer alerting him to a costly issue. Seaver, also President of the New York Section of the American Water Works Association, presented the award.

Breaking Bread:  Supervisor Paula Mahan sampled a loaf of homemade bread with Whole Foods employees and others at the grocery store’s Wolf Road opening on June 18.   Pictured, from front row right, are Assemblyman Phil Steck, NYS Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera, Supervisor Mahan, and County Executive Dan McCoy; back row, Albany City Treasurer Darius Shahinfar, and  Colonie Town Board Members Linda Murphy (obscured) and David Green.


At the May 1 Town Board meeting, Town Supervisor Paula Mahan presented the Siena College Men’s Basketball Team with a proclamation honoring its win of the 2014 College Basketball Invitational Championship.  Also pictured are Town Board members Linda Murphy and Paul Rosano, front row left and right, and David Rowley and David Green, second row from left, and Brian Haak, second row right.

From left, Town Board member Paul Rosano helps Town Conservation Advisory Council members Ellen Rosano and Don Allard prepare tree seedlings for the Council’s annual seedling giveaway, held on the grounds of the Town Library on May 3.  Members of the Shaker High Key Club also helped prepare the seedlings, a big job requiring many willing hands.

Airport Advocacy: Senator Charles Schumer came to Albany on February 10 to advocate for bringing JetBlue to Albany International Airport.  Pictured are Albany International Airport CEO John O’Donnell, Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan, Sen. Schumer, and Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber President and CEO Mark Eagan.


Jenna Ekstrom, age 5, was one of about 250 children who showed up to meet Mr. and Mrs. Bunny at the Pruyn House on April 19.  The spring celebration was sponsored by the Town’s Division of Youth Services with the help of volunteers from the Town’s Youth Advisory Council, including Gabrielle Ieraci, aka Mrs. Bunny.

Children get ready to hunt for eggs at the Town’s Mr. and and Mrs. Bunny event held at the Pruyn House on April 19.  Children also had a chance to make a craft and enjoy cookies and juice.

Maureen Cox, second from left and president of the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club, presents a $10,000 check to Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan.  The award will support roadway improvements at the Colonie Town Park on Schermerhorn Road.  Also pictured, at left, are Alicia Osur, Colonie’s Director of Community Services, and at right, Ray Newkirk, Road Runners Club Grant Chair.  Club events use both the park and the Town’s section of the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Path.

Members of the Town of Colonie Conservation Advisory Counsel attended a “Coffee with Congressman Tonko “ at The College of Saint Rose. Conservation issues such as fracking and oil transporting across the U.S. were discussed. The meeting was closed with numerous questions from the attendees. From left: Robert Ulrich (Chairman), Don Allard, Laura Weed, Congressman Tonko, Michael Brennon, Ellen Rosano, Linda Whelton.

Supporting Our Troops: The Town’s Youth Advisory Board collected gifts for those in the military, presenting them to local Blue Star Mothers at a recent event.  The Youth Advisory Board brings students from Colonie Central, Shaker, and CBA high schools together for a year of public service activities.  Also participating, was Supervisor Paula Mahan, third from left, front row. 

Santa’s Sweet Sixteen Helpers:  Anne Risler, Alivia O’Hagen, and Madison Fisher made quite a donation to the Town of Colonie’s annual Toys for Tots collection – 70 toys and $235 in cash.  The three Academy of Holy Names sophomores requested donations rather than gifts for their joint Sweet Sixteen party earlier this year.   Also pictured at the Town’s annual Toys for Tots employee event on Dec. 4 are the Marine Corps League’s Tim Forbes and Supervisor Paula Mahan.  Anne Risler’s father, John Risler, is a Town employee.

Supervisor Paula Mahan welcoming residents of Colonie and beyond to the only Trader Joe's in Upstate New York. Welcome Trader Joe's to the Town of Colonie!



Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan, center, with members of Colonie’s Emergency Medical Services Department and the Colonie Police Department’s Special Services (SWAT) Team at the September 12 Colonie Town Board meeting.  Action at the meeting paved the way for five Colonie paramedics to be trained as Tactical Medics to be deployed with the Special Services Team.  Also pictured are Colonie EMS Deputy Chief Peter Berry, second from left, and Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider, far right.  The new Tactical Medics volunteer for the program and will not receive additional pay. They will be trained at no additional cost to the Town by Colonie personnel and the NYS Department of Homeland Security. The $3,000 of protective equipment necessary to outfit each medic will be paid for from seized funds from drug cases.



Stephen Bliven, owner of Gelato Fresco, and family is joined by Town of Colonie Supervisor, Paula Mahan; Colonie Chamber President, Tom Nolte; North Colonie Central School District Superintendent, Joseph Corr; and Colonie Center General Manager, Byron Marshall at the opening of the NEW Gelato Fresco in Colonie Center.

The reading of the Declaration of Independence by Hon. Peter Crummey on the Loudon Green Park on July 4, 2012 with Supervisor Paula Mahan and the Greater Loudonville Association. 


The Town of Colonie Police Department honors Sgt. Daniel Belles with the Medal of Valor and the Combat Cross for his actions while on duty. ABOVE: Chief Steve Heider, Sgt. Dan Belles and Supervisor Paula Mahan.
The grand opening of the Patrizio Center for the Arts on June 9, 2012. ABOVE: Michael Patrizio, Alana Patrizio, Supervisor Mahan, Nikki Caruso, Michael Caruso and Marybeth Vail of the Latham Kiwanis.


Supervisor Paula Mahan, Assemblyman Bob Reilly and Colonie Town Officials at the Zaloga Post celebrating the 9th Annual Law and Order Awards Dinner

Supervisor Paula Mahan and Governor Andrew Cuomo welcome President Barack Obama to Capital Region at the Albany International Airport