On Tuesday, Jan. 6, more than 50 town officials, county officials and members of the Colonie and Albany-Colonie chambers of commerce gathered at the Century House in Latham for breakfast and the talk of the town.
In her second State of the Town address, sponsored by both chambers and CB Richard Ellis, a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan shared her insight into the hardships and accomplishments the Town of Colonie saw in 2008, and offered a taste of what is to come in 2009.
The program opened up with Mark Eagan, chairman of the board of directors for the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce, giving a few brief remarks and thanking Albany County Executive Michael Breslin and several other elected officials for being present at the event.
Eagan spoke of the strong developmental progress the business community has seen in 2008, despite the economic hardships of the entire country.
The dip that we've experienced in recent days is certainly minor, he said.
Eagan thanked Mahan for the hard work she has done in promoting growth in the business community throughout her first year in office.
When the supervisor took the podium, she spoke more of the progress the town has made as a whole as opposed to just in the business community.
"[Last year] was a challenging year for all of us," she said, explaining that through her administration, she was able to shed light on "the seriousness of many of the town's problems."
Those problems included the controversy at the West Albany Rod and Gun Club and potential mismanagement of funds at County Waste under investigation, as well as the town's now-$19.4 million deficit.
Mahan said that at the same the time town officials continued to learn of the town's mishaps, her plan remained the same: full disclosure to the public, while at the same time stabilizing the town.