McCoy takes his show on the road

At Colonie meeting, county exec. says he supports gov’s tax-free plan

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy speaks before a handful of residents and the Colonie Town Board at Town Hall.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy speaks before a handful of residents and the Colonie Town Board at Town Hall. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— In his second “State of the County” tour, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy told a small group of Colonie residents that he wants the community to speak up to their local government.

“We really need input from you. That’s why I continued to do this. Are we going in the right direction? If not, let us know,” McCoy said. “Please call your legislators, or contact my office and let us know.”

McCoy stopped by at the Colonie Town Board meeting Thursday, May 23, for the second year running to give an in-person update on the direction the county has been heading since he took office last year. He championed partnerships and consolidations, and stressed a decision must be made on the county-run nursing home to help save the county money.

During a short question and answer session after his speech, McCoy also addressed a resident’s question about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to bring in new businesses to SUNY campuses by letting the operate tax free. The executive said he thinks it’s the right approach.

“It’s an interesting approach. I think it was 1817, Gov. Clinton … was going to build the Eerie Canal … they built the canal (but) they thought he was the craziest governor for doing it, and he turned out to be right,” McCoy said. “I think it’s a bold approach. That’s why I bring up the Eerie Canal because it was bold approach and everyone wanted to throw him out of the office.”

McCoy focused largely on local issues, though, and began his speech by telling both the Town Board and the few residents at the meeting on how the county is making positive steps as the area emerges from the recession.

“We have to change with the times and do things differently,” he said.

Consolidating the law department helped save the county more than $400,000 in the first couple of months of his administration, McCoy said.

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