The Village of Colonie is one of the most strategically located municipalities in the State of New York. Its nearness to Albany International Airport, the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, the Northway and the Thruway, the picturesque Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, and its location within the triangle of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy make the Village a vital business and residential community in which to live and work.
The Village was officially incorporated on March 2, 1921. In the many decades that followed, each presiding Mayor and Board of Trustees initiated improvements, expanded services and programs, faced challenges as well as triumphs and molded the Village into a “place to be proud of.” Today, the 3.3 square mile Village has 8,000 residents with some 3,200 properties and a business-lined corridor of Central Avenue from the East side of Route 155 to the West side of Wolf Road.
Each of the men who have served as Mayor of the Village, along with their Boards of Trustees has expanded the size and delivery of programs and services, adding to the comfort of the residents as well as increasing property values. They each carried on the tradition of maintaining taxes at reasonable and equitable levels. Responding to the needs of its residents, the Village has added both necessities and amenities that include snow removal, fire protection, senior and youth outreach programs, parks and recreational facilities, sewer and water services, as well as an Amphitheater for the Arts.
As 2020 began, the Village was making plans to celebrate its Centennial as a tribute to all those, past and present, who have worked to create and develop a community that is truly “a place to be proud of.” In March of 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic was upon us and changed our lives in ways we never anticipated. The challenges of keeping everyone safe and healthy, makes it necessary for the Village to move all Centennial plans into 2022. Although we will be a year older, we can hopefully take off our masks and see each other once again.