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Mannsville, Albany County
Official name: Mannsville, New York
Name origin: for Francis N. Mann
Country United States
State New York
Region Capital District
County Albany
Municipality Town of Colonie
Coordinates 42°43′30″N 73°42′42″W / 42.72500°N 73.71167°W / 42.72500; -73.71167
Area .029 sq mi (0 km²)
Population appr. 175 (1998)
Density 6,034.48 /sq mi (2,330 /km²)
Settled 1875
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 12189
Area code 518

Mannsville is a hamlet within the town of Colonie, Albany County, New York. It is a small community west of the city of Watervliet and is inaccessible to the rest of Colonie by car without driving through Watervliet first. Though then-town historian Jean Olton stated in 1987 that Mannsville was no longer considered "an official hamlet" of the town it is still listed on the Town of Colonie's Town Historian website as a hamlet (misspelled as Mansville).


In 1875, Francis N. Mann purchased most of what is now Mannsville from John Schuyler. Mann was a judge in the Town of Watervliet (not to be confused with the neighboring city of Watervliet). He died a few months later, and his children- Francis N. Mann Jr., Elias P. Mann and Emily Mann inherited the land. In 1905 they moved to England without disposing of the land or arranging for the property taxes to be paid. Albany County eventually foreclosed, auctioning the land off in lots leading to a boom in new housing in the 1970s.

In 1998, the neighboring city of Watervliet attempted to annex the small hamlet, which at that time consisted of roughly 175 inhabitants. Colonie Town Supervisor Mary Brizzell stated the pros for staying with Colonie as being- lower taxes, access to the town golf course, youth services, and community development grant money. Watervliet Mayor Robert Carlson put forth in favor of annexation the facts that emergency and fire response times would improve, the city provides municipal garbage pick up, does not charge a fire district tax (Colonie does), the children of Mannsville already attend the Watervliet City School District, and most residents attend Watervliet churches.


Mannsville is roughly 18.5 acres (75,000 m2) in area, though like all hamlets, it has an ill-defined boundary. Mannsville is usually considered to be an area defined on the south by NY Route 155; to the north by 15th Street (Watervliet city line); to the east by Elbow Alley, which runs between Eighth and Ninth avenues, again the Watervliet city line; and to the west by railroad tracks. Mannsville is flat and of low elevation, since 1995 residents have complained of frequent flooding due partly to beaver dams on the Kromma Kill diverting that watershed north to creeks that flow towards Mannsville, and due to increased residential construction uphill and upstream from the hamlet.


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