RFP process still questioned

If the negotiations were to be made public, he said, it could be dangerous for the town.

"It prevents the proposers from getting together and teaming up on the town," he said. "We must allow the negotiations to be private to protect the town."

Molinaro asked that the town hold several public meetings throughout town to provide enough chances for residents to attend and voice their opinions.

"Sometimes having the meeting for one night can be hit or miss with people here," he said. "I think it's really something that should be aired out."

Mahan said Molinaro and the town have similar interests in that they are both looking for what is best for the residents of Colonie. She said that while the town would not be able to hold a meeting in every spot in the town, there will be opportunities for residents to get the information they need as well as to comment.

"We will be having public information sessions," she said. "And we're always here for questions."

In related news, a study released on Monday, June 27, suggests a Regional Solid Waste Management Authority in Albany County could bring in some cost savings and operational and environmental benefits. The study said that savings could amount to between $10.8 million to $15.84 million per year. Mahan was quoted in the release as saying it's good for municipalities to look at different options when it comes to managing a landfill.

"It's important to consider new options for the future of waste management," she said. "This study will provide valuable information going forward. I commend Albany County Executive Mike Breslin for his leadership on this vital initiative."


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