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Colonie, a year in review: Part II

A snapshot of the second half of 2013 in Colonie and Loudonville

July

• At the monthly County Legislature meeting on July 8, lawmakers approved hiring Downstate nursing home administrators Lowell Feldman, Martin Liebman and Larry Slatky. If approved, Slatky would be the day-to-day operator of the Colonie facility and work on ways to raise money for the home, legislators said. The legislature also voted to move $2.4 million from a contingency fund to keep the nursing home afloat through the end of August.

• The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court sided with the Town of Colonie July 3 in the appeal of a lawsuit that had been leveled by Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners and other residents challenging the town’s landfill operating agreement. Conners contended the operating agreement between the two parties was in fact a lease agreement, but the court ruled that claim was “without merit.”

• Residents voiced concerns about the number of motels on Central Avenue. The busy Route 5 corridor is home to 22 hotels and motels in a less than seven-mile strip, and the town planned to implement a policy that would force developers to secure a special use permit if they want to expand or build. Town Attorney Mike Magguilli said this would be a burdensome process, and the hope is for commercial and retail to step in instead.

• A check run by Albany County Department of Public Works Traffic Safety Education Programs, Capital Region Safe Kids, the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and Crossgates Mall was one of several that took place throughout the year aimed at teaching parents how to safely install their child’s car seat. While Albany County Executive Dan McCoy called the 55 incorrectly installed car seats on July 17 an “eye opener,” Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor Bill Van Alstyne said the tally was not surprising.

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