We're kicking back into fundraising gear to pay off our legal bills. We're planning a December 17, 2015 party! Meantime, please contribute what you can and spread the word. Also, there's continued work to do to clean up our Town and County. Here's Town Council Member Elect Tina Tierney's excellent letter from The Advertiser nearly one year ago explaining some of the situation:
"To the Editor,
The residents of East Greenbush learned many hard lessons in 2014, beginning in April when the Town Board quietly passed a resolution to support the siting a casino on a parcel of land zoned Residential Buffer. Throughout the year the hard lessons continued when the majority of our elected officials continued to accommodate developers over vocal opposition from citizens. The approval of the developer's Planned Development District allowed Residential Buffer zoning to be changed to accommodate the proposed casino, and that PDD is still in effect. If our home is our greatest purchase, shouldn't these homes be protected from arbitrary zoning changes that accommodate developers?
The hard lessons learned taught us that we cannot rely on our elected officials to represent the best interests of homeowners. We learned that we must advocate for ourselves. Citizens should not be forced to hire attorneys to assure that we are represented, or to assure that developers are required to follow zoning laws. Since the Facility Location Board failed to license the proposed casino, why hasn't the PDD application for the proposed casino been withdrawn?
Recently, the moratorium on all new sewer connections in East Greenbush has been lifted and the Waste Water Treatment Plan is fully operational. Supervisor Langley wrote in this publication, "With the order lifted, the Town has great potential for growth and development, simply put; new business, residential developments and communities can now be connected to the WTP." How can we be assured that contortions to zoning won't occur throughout our town?
[...] Let's work together to advocate for our future, and plan community-based fundraisers for legal expenses that were incurred due to our lack of representation.
Christine Tierney, East Greenbush"