Messina delivers State of Town

In his State of the Town address, Messina said instances of disagreement " of which there were many in the early part of the year " were not bad things.

"We may disagree, but I think we're doing what's best for the town, and that's what's important," he said.

Though Messina took the time to reflect on the past year, he also outlined some things he'd like to see accomplished in the next 12 months.

Perhaps topping that agenda is making some choices and commitments on the many studies, initiatives and improvements the town has started but not completed. These include an open space preservation plan, the Delaware Avenue Enhancement Plan Study and examinations into finding efficiencies in town government., to name just a few.

Messina said he'd like to see the Town Board make decisions on these points in coming weeks.

"We haven't set enough priorities. We haven't set what really must go forward and what can wait a while," he said.

Messina also said the town should examine ways to open up at least part of the county Rail Trail, examine terms lengths for some officers and think about setting up tobacco-free zones in town parks.

One big-picture topic Messina had one year ago vowed to tackle is moving the town's 2020 plan forward. A committee has since reformed to push the goals of that study forward, and Messina said he hopes an action plan will be moved forward in 2011.

In addition to members of the Town Board, town staff and Bethlehem residents, local legislators were in attendance at the address, including newly-minted Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, Assemblyman Jack McEneny, Albany County Executive Michael Breslin, Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners and Albany County Legislator Richard Mendick.""

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