Colonie in negotiations with Waste Connections, Inc. for landfill

"There will be no limitations of tonnage of waste from other companies," Cunningham said, adding that there are location restrictions. "We don't want waste from New York City."

There have currently been no pink slips handed out to any of the workers at the landfill and Cunningham said he is working under the assumption that there won't be any.

"We haven't met with unions yet, it has never been part of our plan to eliminate positions in the town with this agreement," he said. "We still have a lot of steps to go before we make those announcements and we like to make sure we have all those conversations. Never in any of our analysis have we assumed any layoffs."

All of this comes after a preliminary study on the creation of a Regional Solid Waste Authority that would include Albany County, Columbia County, Greene County, Montgomery County, Rensselaer County, Saratoga County, Schenectady County, Schoharie County and Washington County. In the study, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said that if the town were to go through with it's process and choose a private company that it could have some negative implications such as reducing the life expectancy of the landfill, which is projected to be 14 to 16 years.

Mahan said there was some miscommunication in that a private company will not be acquiring the landfill and that it is an operating agreement. She said from the details the town has seen, this agreement will be beneficial.

"As far as the longevity and future costs, I think they haven't had the chance to see the details of what we're looking at," she said. "It's very good for the town."


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