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Colonie swears in its leadership

Town Supervisor Paula Mahan was sworn in for her second term of office on Friday, Jan. 1, as she highlighted the challenges ahead, as well as her hopes for the coming year.

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi administered the oath.

Colonie Town Clerk Elizabeth DelTorto, Receiver of Taxes C. Michele Zilgme, three other Town Board members and two justices were also sworn in.

Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, and Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie, were also on hand to speak at the event and Siena College President the Rev. Kevin Mullen opened the ceremony with a prayer.

Mahan cited some road bumps, like sales tax revenue being lower than previous years and increasing costs, such as pension contributions looming, but said discipline and strategic economic development are key to success.

"Make no mistake, the challenges are formidable. For my part, I pledge to work tirelessly to achieve the goals we've set out and which are essential to the future of this great town," she said. "Working together, I am sure we are up to the task."

Albany County Executive Michael G. Breslin administered the oath to incoming Democratic board member Dan Hornick, Supreme Court Justice Eugene Devine did so for incoming Democratic board member Linda Murphy and Colonie Town Justice Peter Crummy swore in incoming Republican board member Dan Dustin.

"I'm very excited to have this opportunity," Hornick said. "I want to make sure the town moves in the right direction."

Hornick, a Siena College graduate, said he was thrilled to be sworn in by Breslin, a longtime friend, and honored to have a representative from Siena open the ceremonies.

"Having Father Kevin [Mullen] was very meaningful," he said.

Dustin said he is glad to be a part of the town government and is looking forward to his term.

"It was the culmination of a lot of hard work " of a lot of friends and supporters," Dustin said.

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