After the Stewart’s project generated interest among village residents in municipal government, Altamont’s long-time zoning board chairman was not reappointed to another five-year term. 

The State Education Department recently identified 582 schools, just 13 percent of schools statewide, as “high achieving” and “high progress” — two local schools made the cut.

The lawsuit alleges that the town and Pyramid’s actions evince Guilderland’s “unalterably closed mind pre-determining the outcome of the project’s land use permitting process.” Guilderland Supervisor Peter Barber responded that residents had wanted higher-density development, apartments and shops, closer to existing retail, which would keep traffic off of Western Avenue.

“The irony is mindblowing. The taxpayers are losing out because of the state’s own computer problems … The state has denied the town funds as a result of the state’s own glitch. It was their fault,” says Andrew Farbstein, a consultant who helped Guilderland with its townwide revaluation last year.

GUILDERLAND — The town’s planning board will meet at the town hall on April 22 at 7 p.m.

Altamont’s tax rates will go down next year, but after Guilderland’s revaluation last year, what property owners actually owe may go up. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has postponed the state-set date for voting on school budgets until June 1 or later. The Guilderland School Board is looking at cuts to maintain a substantial fund balance while staying within the levy limit.

Not even a pandemic could keep Stewart’s from receiving its variances. 

Impatient for change, Lynnwood Elementary parent Michelle Charles has moved her family to Boston, which she says is much more progressive. 

In the time of coronavirus, with schools across the state closed, Fiero said, “Joan and I decided they would be the best way we could help.”

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