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Mahan reveals the 'state of the town'

— Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan gave the 2012 State of the Town address before a Town Board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19. Mahan traditionally gives the address at an early-morning Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce event but in 2010 started sharing it a second time before the night meeting to give the public a chance to listen in.

Mahan praised various town officials, departments and residents for contributing to making 2011 a “productive year” and touted elimination of the town’s deficit and the signing of the landfill agreement as major accomplishments.

“When I first assumed office in 2008, I vowed to bring fiscal stability back to the Town of Colonie. I am proud to report that we have succeeded,” said Mahan. “Next, I hope to begin the process of building a much-needed reserve fund to provide the town with flexibility and security in the years ahead.”

She recognized the efforts of the town’s 12 volunteer fire departments, EMS staff and public works department in dealing with Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, saying despite the town escaping relatively unscathed compared to other municipalities, there were still significant impacts that required attention.

“Thanks to the town employees and volunteer firefighters who worked literally around the clock, our response was excellent,” said Mahan.

She also recognized the EMS department for reducing the response times to calls, saying positioning emergency vehicles at strategic locations throughout the town made a big difference.

Though no longer “the safest town in America,” the town in 2011 ranked in the top 10 of the nation’s safest communities and Mahan said she’s just fine with what is still a distinction deserving of pride.

“As you all know, it’s quite challenging to be No. 1 forever; however, continuing to maintain a position in the top 10 is certainly a major achievement,” said Mahan. “Public safety has been one of my top priorities since day one and I assure you it will always be a top priority.”

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