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Colonie, a year in review: Part I

A snapshot of 2013 happenings in Colonie and Loudonville

The Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Coalition and the Town of Colonie are seeking the public’s opinion on plans to improve Cohoes Crescent Road, the heavily trafficked, two-and-a-half mile road between Route 9 in Colonie and the Cohoes City limits.

• Including aid adjustments proposed in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget this year, the South Colonie School District will have lost close to $14 million in aid, Superintendent Jonathan Buhner said. In the fall of 2012 members of Colonie Central High School’s Key Club heard reductions meant the school’s health office was having trouble budgeting for Band-Aids so the club organized a donation drive and collected more than 200 boxes of Band-Aids.

• McCoy hoped the legislature would approve a deal to lease the Albany County Nursing Home to private firm Upstate Service Group. He said the 10-year lease would save the county more than $100 million. The lawmakers at their Feb. 11 meeting approved of a second resolution by a vote of 24-12 requiring the county to include selling all of the nursing home equipment in the lease.

• Albany County Executive Dan McCoy vetoed the County Legislature’s resolution to hire an outside consultant to study the nursing home issue Tuesday, Feb. 19. The legislature had passed a resolution by a vote of 19-17 on Feb. 11 to hire an outside consultant to review a proposed agreement with Upstate Services Group. Negotiations were underway with USG, a private firm, for a 10-year lease that could save the county more than $100 million, according to proponents.

• Colonie officials considered an amendment to the town code that would expand neighbor notification requirements for developers after receiving complaints. The request for a change began after BCI Construction, the developers of the Loudon House project, came to the board in the summer of 2012 and wanted to change the planned development district from condominiums to apartments. The town and the committee decided they should look further into their changes before amending the code.

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