Supervisor Paula Mahan was on hand to kick off a fiftieth anniversary celebration at Colonie Town Golf Course, which featured four days of play at 1969 greens fees. Residents could play for $4.00 and non-residents for $5.00. (Note: Non-residents needed to be accompanied by a resident.) The special anniversary rates were in effect from Friday, October 11 through Monday, October 14, making a great long weekend for Colonie golfers. Pictured from left are Town Board Member Chris Carey, Golf Course Superintendent John Risler, Golf Course General Manager Noel Gebauer, Supervisor Mahan, and Town Board Member Paul Rosano.
On September 24, Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan and Galesi Group Vice President Paul Fallati cut the ribbon for Coliseum Drive, a new road connecting Columbia Street Extension to Route 9 through the old Starlite Theatre site. Pictured, from left, are Albany Chamber Ambassador Margie Miller of Curtis Lumber, Town Board members Melissa Jeffers Von Dollen and Linda Murphy, Supervisor Mahan, Paul Fallati, Town Board member Paul Rosano, Chamber Vice President of Talent and Inclusion Jason Benitez, Colonie IDA Chair John Kearney, and Commissioner of Public Works John Cunningham.
Day in the Park
Town Supervisor Paula Mahan cuts the ribbon at the West Albany Memorial Pocket Park on a brilliant September day. The event highlighted improvements this year not only at West Albany, but also at the Town’s other 11 pocket parks, The Crossings, and the Mohawk River Town Park. First row, from left, Tom Breslin, Confidential Aide to the Supervisor; Arnie Whitcomb, Recreation Maintenance Supervisor; Supervisor Mahan; Town Board members Paul Rosano and Melissa Jeffers Von Dollen; and DPW Commissioner John Cunningham. Second row, from left, are Dan Sullivan, Assistant Recreation Maintenance Supervisor, and Acting Comptroller Chris Kelsey. At far left, some of the many Parks and Rec employees who work year round to keep the Town’s parks ship shape.
Some of the new playground equipment at the West Albany Pocket Park, installed this year as part of a Town program to improve the Town’s 12 pocket parks. All received new playground equipment, among many other improvements. In addition, the popular Crossings playground received a bright new kid-friendly blue and green surface.
The Shape of Water
On July 9, the Town announced its entrance into a 20-year renewable energy program that will significantly underwrite energy costs through purchase of hydroelectric power produced at the Schuylerville Hydroelectric Facility. The agreement will also offset 50 percent of the Town’s electric load with climate-friendly hydropower. Shown before the turbine at the Schuylerville Hydroelectric Facility are, front, Omay Elphick of Gravity Renewables and Supervisor Paula Mahan. Back row, from left, are John Elmer, of Brookfield Renewable; Barbara Blanchard, of the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA); Douglas Sippel, the Town’s general services director; Town Board members Paul Rosano and Linda Murphy, and Jack Spath, senior attorney for the Town.
Safeguarding Public Safety
Colonie Police Chief Jonathan Teale announced new police officers and promotions at the June 27 Town Board meeting. The Chief said staffing was now at 115, the highest level ever. Crime in Colonie decreased significantly in both 2017 and 2018 in spite of increased calls for service. Pictured, first row, from left, are newly promoted officers Traffic Sergeant Todd Martinovich, Detective Sergeant John Santorio, Sergeant Jason Orkwis, and Sergeant Derek Breslin, Chief Jonathan Teale, Supervisor Paula Mahan, and newly appointed police officers Jason Tusch, William Purtell, Daniel Kutny, and Brian Seniw. Back row, standing, from left, are Town Board members Paul Rosano, Jennifer Whalen, Melissa Von Dollen, Linda Murphy, and Christopher Carey.
Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer
The Town Pool will open for the weekend on June 22 and 23 and then re-open for the season on June 29. Recent improvements to the pool complex include a new state-of-the-art splash pad and soft new pool liners, new filtration systems, and ADA-compliant lifts. Planned for the future are continued upgrades to the bathhouse.
The new state-of-the-art splash pad at the Town pool offers lots of fun ways for kids to get themselves – and others – wet! The Town Pool will open for the weekend on June 22 and 23 and then re-open for the season on June 29.
Adding Strength to Strength
In December, the Town added eight new full-time positions to its EMS Department. Now the Department can cover the majority of shifts with full-time personnel and staff an additional ambulance during peak hours seven days a week. In addition, the Town will receive $250,000 toward the purchase of a new ambulance in special funding arranged by Assemblyman Phil Steck.
Meet Town Supervisor Paula Mahan
Paula Mahan is currently serving her seventh term in the office. She is a longtime Colonie resident, a leader and a mother. Over the past eleven years, she has dedicated her life to standing up for Colonie residents while restoring high ethical standards, fiscal responsibility and efficient government practices. Learn More | Supervisor's Message | Contact the Town Supervisor
Comprehensive Plan Draft Update as of June 14th, 2019
Please click here for the final Comprehensive Plan Draft Update. For the Final Appendix (A, B, C and D) click here.
Exchange Street from Wilkins Ave. to Russell Road Closed For Emergency Sewer Repairs on September 5
Exchange Street between Wilkins Avenue and Russell Road will be completely closed for an emergency sewer line repair at 99 Wilkins Avenue starting at 7:30 am on September 5, 2019, continuing until project completion.
Latham Water District to start water main work on VFW Drive and New Karner Road
The Latham Water District has awarded a contract to New Castle Paving, LLC. for the construction of two new water mains to be utilized as emergency interconnects with the City of Albany’s water distribution system.
One of the interconnections will be 3,200 feet of 16-inch ductile iron water main and its associated metering and pumping vault constructed along VFW Drive and New Karner Road.
Construction is expected to begin on Monday April 8th, 2019 and be completed by the end of July 2019.
Latham Water District to start water main work on NYS Route 9
The Latham Water District has awarded a contract to ANJO Construction for the installation of 3,800 feet of 12-inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE) water main along NYS Route 9 (Loudon Road) from 640 Loudon Road to the intersection of Maxwell Road.
This construction is expected to begin on Monday April 15th, 2019 and be completed by the end of July 2019.
DRAFT 2019 Joint Stormwater Program Annual Report released for Public Comment
Public comments regarding the 2019 DRAFT Joint Annual Report are due by May 17, 2019. Comments can be submitted using the Coalition website, by email, phone call, and by contacting local municipal stormwater staff (see Member pages). Click here to submit a public comment online. The DRAFT Joint Annual Stormwater Report for Town of Colonie can be viewed here. Visit the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County website for more information.