Events and Happenings in Colonie

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