Paula Mahan reflects on six months as Colonie's supervisor

In addition to tackling the deficit, the supervisor has worked on other initiatives for the town, including the sale of Colonie's portion of Heritage Park for roughly $2.7 million, a project that has been in the works for years.

"We are still working on a closing date," said Mahan, when asked when the town will officially close the deal.

The sale of the almost 21 acres was expected to "hopefully," according to Town Attorney Michael Magguilli, be complete by June 30.

There are other initiatives Mahan has worked on that are more about town pride than bringing in revenue. Recently, a veterans memorial was erected in The Crossings.

Other smaller projects include the start of a summer farmers market. Mahan said the administration has also restructured town positions to consolidate jobs and save the town some money.

Others think that Mahan has done a great job since taking over.

"I think Paula Mahan is the right person for this job," said Loudonville resident Mike Ryan at a previous Town Board meeting.

But her job is nowhere near over yet. Mahan said there are several "big projects" still in the works for the future, including the enactment of a local law that will amend the land-use law to have only town-designated engineers work on projects ranging from shopping malls to residential buildings.

"One of the concerns heard is whether this will keep the economy going," said Mahan, who said town officials are still working out the details.

Another project that the town is working on is having Wi-Fi Internet available at The Crossings.

Perhaps the project that will help more residents of Colonie be informed of future projects is the expansion of the Town Board room itself.

"We are in the beginning stages of increasing the capacity of the Town Board room," said Mahan.

This will include having energy-efficient lights and acoustics in the room, and the capacity to hold at least 100 more people.

"We are going to do this very efficiently, with our own staff," Mahan said.""

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