COLONIE: Family, friends mourn legislator

Comella had been listed in critical condition at the hospital as she underwent treatment to what first responders said was a serious head injury.

Police have confirmed that two state troopers who responded to the accident said they noticed and odor of alcohol at the scene. Police are continuing to talk with people that may have been with Comella the night of the accident in order to put together a timeline that ultimately ends with her heading the wrong way on Alternate Route 7.

"Until we are finished (with the investigation), we don't want to give out dribs and drabs. We have two more people to talk to," said Trooper Maureen Tuffey, spokeswoman for State Police Troop G in Loudonville.

So far police have interviewed nearly a dozen people in efforts to track the events leading up to the accident.

Comella was the manager of the Loudonville branch of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. Before her election to the Legislature, Comella was involved in several local charity organizations. She was past president of the Loudonville Elementary School PTA.

Comella was to run for a second Legislature term in the upcoming elections.

"We certainly supported one another, and I was looking forward to working with her this year," said Colonie Supervisor Mary Brizzell.

Brizzell engaged Comella on a number of issues facing the town as well as those faced by the Republican minority in the county Legislature, she said.

Comella was one of eight Republican legislators in the 39-member county council as well as the sixth Legislature representing portions of Colonie.

"She was someone who hit the ground running and always made sure we (the minority) were together. I am going to miss her because she was the one that kept pushing me through the day," said Benedict.""

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