• After a second public hearing on July 25, the Colonie Town Board voted unanimously to pass a local law that would regulate the expansion and construction of hotels and motels along Central Avenue. The new legislation makes the process of trying to expand or rehabilitate existing Central Avenue hotels and motels a burdensome process, town officials said.
• Activists stood outside of the Albany County Courthouse voicing their concerns about keeping hydrofracking waste off the streets of Albany County. The small group rallied shortly before a scheduled public hearing July 23 on proposed Local Law C, which, if passed, would ban the use of hydrofracking waste for de-icing on winter roads in Albany County. Legislator Bryan Clenahan, the law’s primary sponsor, joined the activists.
• Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan announced on July 31 the town is constructing two dog parks, with one at the Colonie Mohawk River Park and the other on town property adjacent to the Colonie Town Golf Course. The dog parks will provide a place for canines to run unleashed within a fenced-in area.
• The former state police barracks in Latham is getting a second life as Siena College unveiled the school’s newest addition at the end of July. The Troop G Headquarters on Route 9 was vacated last November as the troopers moved into their new facility. Siena College then purchased the 2,800-square-foot property and remodeled it to make room for the school’s administration.
• After only five years at its original location, the Habitat for Humanity Capital District ReStore outgrew its home on North Pearl Street in Albany and will be opening new, much larger doors on Fuller Road this month. Volunteers and staff members were working to convert a former lumber warehouse into 24,000 square feet of retail space by mid-August.