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Peter Crummey
Peter Crummey

The race to replace retiring Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan is taking shape. The town Republican Party says Peter Crummey will step down as town justice to run. The Democrats are backing Kelly Mateja to replace Mahan, a Democrat who has served as supervisor in the Albany County town since 2008. Mahan won re-election by about 100 votes in 2019.

Kelly Mateja is running for Colonie Town Supervisor
Kelly Mateja

The Colonie Democratic Committee has endorsed a candidate in the race to replace retiring Town Supervisor Paula Mahan. Kelly Mateja, a political newcomer, is hoping to keep the supervisor’s office in Democratic hands. Mahan has served as supervisor of the Albany County town since 2008.

Chef Jaime Ortiz and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer at TORO Cantina, Colonie NY 2-15-21
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Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Colonie Monday to announce he is prioritizing restaurants in a new COVID-19 relief bill.

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Supervisors of three Capital Region suburbs have released their 2021 budget proposals.

Colonie Police are searching for two people involved in a drug deal that turned into a car chase and shooting on Morris Road Thursday evening. 

Colonie Center
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Colonie officials have a message for residents of the Albany County town: stay inside after 9 p.m. for the rest of the week. With protests against police brutality continuing locally and around the country, Town Supervisor Paula Mahan established a curfew through Sunday morning. For more information, WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Colonie Police Lieutenant Robert Winn.

One Dead, Three Injured In Colonie Crash

Dec 25, 2019

The Colonie Police Department says one person is dead and three others are injured after a serious one-car crash on Central Avenue Wednesday morning. 

Albany BOE officials count ballots in the Colonie race.
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Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan has narrowly won a seventh term after absentee ballots were counted Tuesday.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
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Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan will need a strong absentee ballot performance to remain in the seat she has held for a dozen years.

Coliseum Drive
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In a busy area for Capital Region traffic, Colonie officials have opened a new connector road between Routes 9 and 9R.

Gravity Renewables
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The town of Colonie, New York has entered a 20-year deal with Gravity Renewables to offset its energy costs with locally-produced hydroelectric power.

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Capital Region communities are seeking action from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on two local landfills.

False Reports Of Shots Fired At Colonie Mall

Feb 26, 2018
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The Albany area’s Colonie Center was briefly placed on lockdown yesterday after reports of shots fired.

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A plan to expand a landfill in Albany County used by several Capital Region communities is facing opposition from neighbors. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports two Saratoga County municipalities and an environmental organization are speaking out.

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Some new life could be in the cards for the old Tobin Packing Company grounds in West Albany.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Tonight, Supervisor Paula Mahan delivers her 10th State of the Town address at the Colonie Town Board Meeting. She spoke today with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about her tenure and what she says is a rosy outlook for the municipality.

Taxpayers in the town of Colonie would see a 1.9 percent hike in their tax bills under an $88.9 million budget proposed by Supervisor Paula Mahan. Mahan spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about her spending plan, under which the tax rate would increase 4.6 cents per thousand of assessed value, rendering a net tax increase for the average taxpayer of approximately $6.50.

Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan gave her annual State of the Town address last night.

Christine Benedict

Longtime Republican Albany County Legislator Christine Benedict is running for Colonie town supervisor, challenging incumbent Democrat Paula Mahan.  Benedict tells WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas the town is ready for change, and she has a plan…

  There's a bit of "moving-up" happening within one Capital Region police department 

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan

Each day, the city of Albany’s population swells as commuters come to work within the city limits. But the capital’s largest suburb, Colonie, has more than 80,000 residents and its own set of unique issues and challenges, according to Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan. The Democrat recently announced she is seeking a fifth two-year term. She spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas and saysher political mantra is a focus on the people.


Colonie’s Blu-Bell and Skylane Motels regularly sheltered needy people who were receiving temporary housing assistance from Albany County. The hotels came to be associated with violence, drug dealing and prostitution. There's been an ongoing effort to demolish the buildings and prevent other motels in the town from meeting a similar fate.

Although the Blu-Bell and Skylane were on a three-year inspection cycle, in the fall of 2013 someone fell through a floor at the Skylane, breaking several bones. A series of events followed that resulted in both motels being closed.

  Albany County has cracked a prostitution ring.   Sheriff Craig Apple says ten people – one man and nine women ranging in age from 24-55 – are facing charges of Prostitution as part of a human trafficking case following raids on several unlicensed Asian massage parlors in the town of Colonie.  The arrests were initiated with the intent to help identify victims being exploited as sex workers. Apple plans to offer counseling to help the women, most of whom were from Flushing, NewYork.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently released a report detailing the most fiscally stressed communities in the state, and one city in Saratoga County is near the top of the list.

In late September, the comptroller’s office released a report developed through DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System, showing about three dozen municipalities in New York are fiscally stressed.

A version of the report was also released last year. This year’s made determinations based on the 2013 fiscal year.