I’m not included in any Bohl Corp. decisions

To the Editor:
I just saw the article on the Bohl Corp. property in the latest Altamont Enterprise [“Medical center, 202 apartments proposed on contaminated Western Avenue site,” June 9, 2022].

In reference to shares of the family corporation it states, “Guilderland Councilwoman Laurel Bohl, 3.5 shares.” Just to clarify the record, I would like to state that, until about a  year ago, I had no idea I had any interest in this long-defunct corporation.

In my mother’s will, all of our family’s shares had been specifically devised to my brothers and sister.  Unfortunately, when my sister passed, she died without a will, which meant that, unbeknownst to me, I received one-third of her shares (3.5) by operation of law (my sister and I were estranged; she would not have voluntarily left me anything if she had executed a will, as I had thought).

After I found out, I immediately contacted my uncle's attorney to inform them of this and I duly reported this to the then Town Ethics chair, and have reported it on all financial disclosure statements.  My uncle's attorney has verified that I will receive zero dollars from any future conveyance or disposition of this property.

It is my understanding that any proceeds will go to my uncle’s estate to pay off the money he loaned the corporation over the years to pay the real-estate taxes and to pay for some of the environmental clean-up.

All business dealings for this property are, and have always been, handled by my uncle and my cousin Theresa, who do not include me in any of their decisions.

That said, I obviously intend to recuse myself from any town board decisions on this property.

My hope is that something consistent with the comprehensive plan and the historic character of the Guiderland Hamlet can eventually be built to replace the old and deteriorating structures that remain there now.

Laurel Bohl


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