At last week's Thursday, Sept. 11, Town Board meeting, Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan announced the closing of the deal to sell the town's portion of Heritage Park to Albany County for $2.7 million -- a sale the administration has been anticipating for months.
While the sale of the park was in progress during the previous administration, Mahan has said that the proceeds will go toward paying off the town's deficit, which was projected at $18 million by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Thank you, everybody, for your hard work, the supervisor told a crowd of about 30 at the Town Board meeting, after asking if resident John "Jack" Tabner was present. Tabner was not at the meeting, but at the previous Town Board meeting, on Thursday, Aug. 28, and at several meetings prior, Tabner had asked the supervisor when the town would be receiving the check from Albany County. The supervisor had repeatedly told Tabner that the town was waiting on the money, amounting to $2.7 million.
Prior to the sale, half of Heritage Park was already owned by Albany County.
According to Kerri Battle, director of communications for County Executive Mike Breslin, the sale of Heritage Park is something Breslin has been committed to since former Supervisor Mary Brizzell was in office.
"When Supervisor Mahan took office, he continued to make arrangements with the town [for Heritage Park]," said Battle in May, when the town had initially announced its contract with the county for the sale.
At the time, Battle said, the half of Heritage Park the county had bought is only a portion of a larger section of land the county has plans to take over. Specifically, the county is planning to do a study of nearly 160 acres of land near the Albany International Airport, she said, and that the county does not yet know to what it will do with the land.