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Town Board Minutes 9/12/12

AT THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 12TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER  2012, AT 7:00 PM AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT;

Joe Landry, Supervisor
Julie McDonnell, Councilwoman
Denise Murphy McGraw, Councilwoman
        Liz Orzel Kasper, Councilwoman  
Jonathan McKinney, Councilman

Others present:  Michele M. Martinelli, Town Clerk; Peter Scagnelli, Town Attorney, Matthew Miller, Deputy Town Attorney,  John Lubrant, Chief of Police, Paul Sebesta, Comptroller, Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR

        Edward Leighton, 37 Alva Rd.:  is involved in the Land Owner Coalition in Binghamton, NY. Mr. Leighton provided a letter to the board for their information from Commissioner Joseph Martens, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (attached). Mr. Leighton would like the board to postpone the vote on the moratorium.

        Donald Cazer,  1424 Rosehill Blvd: spoke to the concerns of the problems of Hydraulic Fracturing.

        Linda Rizzo, 2229 Fairlawn Parkway:  Ms. Rizzo stated that she has spoken to many town residents that are against fracturing.  This moratorium sends a message to the State of New York that the town of Niskayuna is against hydraulic fracturing.  

Leslie Gold, 1919 Pawtucket Ave: has concerns with hydraulic fracturing and is in favor of the moratorium.

Thomas Donohue, 2050 Orchard Park Dr.:  has concerns of hydraulic fracturing and would like to see sections of America benefit from this, once the process has been mastered.

Edward Leighton, 37 Alva Rd.:  has a concern with the issue of earthquakes and back flow as result of hydraulic fracturing.

Leslie Gold, 2229 Pawtucket Ave.:  has a concern with the legal issues of hydraulic fracturing.



Linda Rizzo, 22229 Fairlawn Parkway:  spoke to the concern of the New York Times retracting an article. She also expressed concerns with tobacco industry saying that smoking was not bad for you and that now the same is being said about hydraulic fracturing, she believes that we will be in big trouble if we put our trust in big government; we have to look out for ourselves.

Jackie Citriniti, 6 Riverdale Rd.:  has a concern with the effect of hydraulic fracturing on our drinking water.  

Marina Franchild, 2200 Dean St.: has concerns with hydraulic fracturing and is not sure how she feels on the subject and needs more information, we should do what is in the best interest for everyone.


PUBLIC HEARING
        A Public Hearing to enact a local law for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and related activities.  

        Councilwomen Kasper commented that she thought that there is still too much unknown and we have to be careful in regards to hydraulic fracturing.

Edward Leighton, 37 Alva Rd.:  spoke to the issue of air emissions and what is excess can be sold off.

        When there were no members of the public who wished to be heard, Supervisor Landry closed the public hearing.

RESOLUTIONS
        Resolution 2012-211, authorizes the purchase and installation of playground equipment at park district no. 2 (Dean Street).

Supervisor Landry thanked everyone involved in this project.

        There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.

Michele M. Martinelli, Town Clerk






 
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