CSSC’s Executive Director Ed Neary hands over the keys to Guilderland Supervisor Peter G. Barber. Also joining in the exchange (from left) were Frank Himes, CSSC’s Director of Transportation; Neil Spawn, Guilderland’s Chief Senior Services Driver, Mary Ann Kelley, Guilderland’s Coordinator of Senior Services, Diane Murphy, CSSC’s Senior Dining Coordinator, and Sue Conlon, CSSC’s Bright Horizons Guilderland Site Director. Provided photo.
COLONIE— Colonie Senior Services Center has donated one of its passenger buses to the Town of Guilderland’s Department of Senior Services.
The bus, a 2008, 10 passenger vehicle, will be used to transport seniors back and forth to activities, medical trips, and shopping trips. The bus will be refurbished and then added to Guilderland’s existing fleet.
“Guilderland’s seniors have a great sense of community,” said Ed Neary, executive director of CSSC in a statement. “We are happy to donate this bus to help the staff, volunteers and most importantly the seniors get around town and remain active, healthy and independent.”
The bus donation is just one example of how Colonie collaborates with other local senior programs. Most recently, CSSC acquired two new 12-passenger buses.
Last June, CSSC applied for a transportation grant that would pay for a majority of the two new buses. After receiving the grant, which covered about $ 88,386 for the buses, the remaining $ $22,077 was covered by CSSC with help from businesses including Bank of America, The Troy Savings Bank and KeyBank.
CSSC’s current fleet, without the two newest buses consists of nine vehicles with nearly 50,000 miles on them. The most recent vehicle is a 10 passenger 2011 Ford. CSSC plans to add one more bus next fall.