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Paula Mahan details goals for new year

The supervisor said she achieved that goal by holding six financial workshops throughout the town in the summer months, bringing the information to residents' back yards, as well as showcasing the town's financial troubles and what officials were doing to remedy the situation.

The supervisor also talked about the Thursday, Dec. 11, ice storm that left much of the Capital District paralyzed with power outages and required massive cleanup efforts.

"I was so impressed by the level of response," the supervisor said of all of the town departments working together to help residents who suffered from days-long outages.

"It takes a collaborative effort to make this work," she said.

Mahan spoke of "bureaucratic obstacles," in particular the notoriously slow planning and development process in the town.

Since taking office, Mahan said she had installed a position for the first town-designated engineers, in the hope that they would speed up the process. So far, Mahan said, that effort is working, and the town-designated engineers will begin their first project to build a high-end grocery store called Fresh Market on the corner of routes 9 and 155, or Watervliet-Shaker Road.

Mahan said her hope is that the addition of the engineers can "significantly reduce the timeframe of the process from start to finish from what once took between one and two years to less than one.

[I hope] Colonie will continue to be regarded as a business-friendly community."

As for the future, Mahan said, she is working on installing a small business advisory council, made up of business owners and chamber members throughout the town, to help strengthen the town's economy and work to achieve optimal success in the town.

Mahan concluded her speech with a quote from Walter E. Cole:

"We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity."

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