Sean Mulkerrin

 In return for a $70.8 million project, Hiawatha Land Development is seeking from the Guilderland IDA about $4.1 million in sales-tax exemptions, about $664,000 in mortgage-recording tax exemptions, and $1.06 million in property-tax exemptions.

VOORHEESVILLE — The village board searched far and wide before settling on a trustee replacement for Rich Straut, who took over as mayor for Bob Conway when he stepped down on July 1 with nine months left in his term. 

At age 44, Altamont’s new chief of police hopes to be in the position for some time. 

Borrego Solar has 100 days to decide if “this is a viable project for their company,” Mayor Kerry Dineen said of the company placing a solar farm at the Altamont Reservoir in Knox.

“The big thing we want to get going now is socialization,” Deb Engel, New Scotland’s senior outreach coordinator, told the town board at its July 14 meeting. 

VOORHEESVILLE — The village of Voorheesville has asked the federal regulator with oversight of a significant rail deal to reject the proposal because of the “significant impact” the transaction would have on the community.

Crossgates is using last year’s argument in this year’s newest tax lawsuit against the town of Guilderland for why $162.5 million should be slashed from its current assessed value of $282.5 million.

Stewart’s Shops filed a lawsuit against Voorheesville in September 2019, claiming there had been a “targeted effort” to prevent Stewart’s from building a new shop on property it owns at 112 Maple Ave., site of the now-closed Smith’s Tavern. 

One member of the advocacy group asserted that potential residents would be poor and therefore likely to commit crimes. The development is to be located on the front 11 acres of a 51-acre parcel, with the remaining acreage being donated to the Pine Bush Preserve.

The July 8 decision from state Supreme Court’s Third Appellate Division reverses a November 2020 decision by Albany County Supreme Court Judge Peter Lynch that stopped construction of a 222-unit apartment development on Rapp Road and proposed Costco Wholesale store on Western Avenue. 


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