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Colonie, a year in review: Part I

A snapshot of 2013 happenings in Colonie and Loudonville

January

• Town Board members Brian Haak and David Rowley, both Democrats, were sworn in by town justices to begin their official terms on the board. On the Planning Board, Peter Stuto was reappointed as chairman and Elena Vaida was reappointed as counsel. Susan Millstein was appointed to the board for a three-year term. Kevin Franklin was reappointed as the Colonie town historian. Brian Caruso was appointed as the deputy town clerk as well as a bingo inspector and deputy registrar of vital statistics.

• Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, and State Senator Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, drafted legislation to make sure senior care facilities do sex offender registry checks for all their employees. Richard P. Ragone, a 64-year-old Level 3 registered sex offender, was arrested on Jan. 4 charges he inappropriately touched a 91-year-old resident at the Loudonville Home for Adults where he was a maintenance worker.

• In a statement released Jan. 7 Dan McCoy suggested reducing the number of legislators and creating term limits for his own position.

• Tom Regan launched “Operation: Please Remember Me.” The plan was to place 140 flags with a black mourning banner along Route 9 in the Town of Colonie, from May 11 through July 13. Regan, a Vietnam veteran, wanted the fallen soldiers to be remembered.

• The Department of Transportation and Siena College announced plans to create a sidewalk along Route 9 from Fiddlers Lane to Newtown Plaza. The plan also included improvements to crosswalks and signaling devices.

• The first-ever “Freeze Out” took place on Jan. 26 into the following morning. More than 20 people slept outside on the lawn of the VFW Post at 525 Delaware Ave. to experience the grueling Capital District cold the way homeless veterans do.

February

• The Town Board passed a resolution on Feb. 7, allowing mercury spill remediation at the High Lift Pumping Station at the Mohawk View Water Treatment Plant to begin. Unacceptable levels of mercury were found at the plant in April 2012 during a valve replacement.

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