Colonie to Rename Strip ‘Teen Wolf Road’
By Quack Davis
Published November 15th, 2015
COLONIE – Taxpayer groups are growling over a proposal to rename one of the most heavily traveled routes in the Capital Region after a 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox.
Wolf Road would become “Teen Wolf Road” under legislation sponsored by intrepid Democratic Assemblyman Felix O’Teaze of Menands, a fan of the smash hit movie and recent television series it inspired.
Sen. Mark Chewbacca, a Republican from Duanesburg, co-sponsored the bill, which is expected to pass easily into law.
“I say we cut this wolf’s head off right now,” said Rocky Dentist, spokesman for Angry Suburbanites Against Everything, which opposes the measure on fiscal grounds.
The bill includes $250 million in taxpayer-funded incentives to lure Michael J. Fox – and other celebrities, including the estranged brother of "Twilight" hunk Robert Pattinson and a woman who slept with food guru Anthony Bourdain -- to appear at Colonie Center several times a year.
Morton Doonbug, president of the Colonie Chamber of Commerce & Stuff, said too many Colonie teenagers are preoccupied with school work and community volunteering and miss out on the chance to see what a local mall has to offer.
Town Supervisor Cricket Johnson said she supports the bill. However, she said she believes it might have made more sense to try to lure lesser-known actor Breckin Meyer to appear and pretend that he was Michael J. Fox several times a year.
Meyer is 5-foot-4, one inch taller than Fox and looks like him, Johnson said, adding that she doubted anyone would be able to tell the difference. Actor Scott Wolf, who starred in the 1990s show “Party of Five,” also should have been in the conversation, the supervisor said.
“Everybody agrees it's an outstanding idea to change the name to Teen Wolf Road," Johnson said. "We just need the right wolf."