Originally Posted by Samantha Aloi
thanks miker! thats exactly the kind of info i wanted. we just got back from visiting tha albany area. it really is beautiful. i am a little confused though. we stayed in Colonie it seemed a little too "city". although when i looked it up it didnt seem nearly that big. whats the difference in the town of colonie and the village of colonie. and how do you know the difference?
I'm not an expert on the technicalities but I'll try my best. The Village of Colonie is within the boundries of the Town of Colonie. It is what is known as an "incorporated" area meaning they have their own mayor and village board etc. This also means that the taxes are a little higher because they have to pay for these positions in addition to the town taxes (however all of the Town of Colonie is known for having low taxes...for NYS/Albany area at least). All of the Village of Colonie is in the South Colonie School District.
Latham and Loudonville are really nothing more than zip codes within the town.
Being in the center of the Capital District, Colonie can be a little congested or "city like" so may not be quite what you are looking for. I will guess you stayed in the South Colonie area when you visited (on or near Wolf Road perhaps???). Latham and Loudonville (North Colonie) are more suburban than the South Colonie area but still relatively densely populated with a signifacant amount of commercial property.