environment

An international pandemic is not a clean-air strategy.

A judge has denied the sale of Picard’s Grove to developer Michael Biernacki for $500,000, requiring that other offers be considered and also that the property be appraised and that the owner’s personal property be properly inventoried.

A new state law governing renewable-energy projects was adopted as part of this year’s budget. 

With 18 preserves and 36 miles of trails, there’s plenty of room to spread out.

“Are we going to put life on hold?” asks Guilderland Supervisor Peter Barber.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced this week that more than $24 million is now available to replace diesel-powered transit buses with new all-electric transit buses.

Now we have a call from Guilderland — from Kenneth Kovalchik, the town’s planner — for the Hilltowns, Guilderland, and New Scotland to work together for the good of all. We endorse this call wholeheartedly. 

Some of the towns with land on the Helderberg escarpment where large wind turbines were proposed in 2008 drafted laws on wind energy; others haven’t.

With the state looking to take control away from municipalities for the permitting and siting of medium- to large-scale renewable energy projects, how have local towns done enacting their own solar legislation?

We must protect places that are seen as essential for the common good. In the past, we have urged individual municipalities to protect the Helderbergs with their zoning and planning processes. We now urge the county to take up that banner.

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