Officials outline state of Colonie

"That's something we'll have to meet, as well as the rising health costs, which I'm sure all of you are facing some of those same things," she said. "But we are well positioned and will do our best to meet those challenges."

With all of the services the town provides, Mahan said that public safety is one of the most important, and Heider said the supervisor was a great partner to the police department. Coming off being awarded the honor of being the safest city in the nation by a CQ Press study in November, Heider credited community participation as a huge component of the department's success.

He thanked Mahan and the Town Board for helping the department be at full strength and maintain the many programs they put on, such as the Youth Court and Police Explorers program.

"We truly believe in a community policing model, where we can't have a patrol car on every street corner and can't have a beat cop in every neighborhood; we're far too spread out for that type of policing," he said. "What we hope is that our residents, our businesses and the people who travel throughout Colonie during the course of every single day, hear our message and carry that message home and make sure that they don't become victims, which in facts keeps crime at a standstill."

A nod was also given to LaCivita for the Planning and Economic Development's cooperation with the Highway Traffic and Safety Committee in making sure the town stays traffic friendly and still allowing more new businesses to move in.

LaCivita said the town's population of nearly 80,000 doubles during the day with the amount of traffic that travels through to work in the businesses located in Colonie. He said there have been many changes made to the department since 2008 when he first took over with the Town Designated Engineering process.

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