Tickets now on sale for our Grand Finale Event on Saturday, March 19 at the Elks Lodge on Columbia Turnpike. We are down to $8,000 to finishing off our attorney fees and closing the door on this matter once and for all. We're committed to raising this by March 31, 2016. Let's roll into Spring with a new Town Board and a clean slate for our community!
Full report and update coming soon, but we are so grateful to everyone who came out on December 17, who bid online, who sent in donations, who contributed to the silent auction, who is still proving themselves to be part of the kind of community we fought so hard to save. We raised over $6,000! We are closing in on finishing off the legal bill, we have changed the way governance is handled in this town, and we stopped a multi-million dollar campaign to put a casino up on Thompson Hill Road - what more could we want of ourselves as friends and neighbors?
Friends - one year ago on December 17 we won the battle of our lives in this town. And, as TU reporter Chris Churchill noted, the way we got sold out be the then Town Board would remain an issue for months and years to come. Make no mistake: the landslide victories in EG this past November 3 proved him right. You can fight city hall - and WIN BIG.
We still have work to do to finish our fundraising and to continue the growth of our community ties! SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at The Elks Lodge on Columbia Turnpike.Read more
The photo below is from last October, 2014. It's our amazing attorney Jeff Meyer talking with media after the Zoning Board vote that killed any scrap of dignity left in our Town governance. You know who appoints the Zoning and Planning Boards that were all too willing to roll over for developers? Yep. The Town Board. Led by both Democrats and Republicans. That's right. The five member Town Board of Republicans and Democrats who also voted unanimously to sell us out.Read more
Thank you to the community for all of your support in our efforts to keep our town casino-free! We recently held two fundraising events which were phenomenally successful, a treasures and tag sale which was held at four different locations throughout East Greenbush (with a follow-up tomorrow: see post below) and also a BBQ at which we sold over 300 dinners! Once again, there was a large turnout from our wonderful community.
We are pleased to announce that we netted over $7,519 at these two events!Read more
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:Read more
Friends. The PDD that contorts the residential buffer zoning on Thompson Hill Road has not been withdrawn by the developers. In fact, they are asking for an extension as you can see. And oh how they would love for our legal case to just go away on this one. We simply can't leave Feathers any back doors on this one, folks.Read more
Friends. The Gaming Commission Facility Location Board's recommendation for a casino to be located at another municipality than East Greenbush is a big win for us. Huge. We were heard loud and clear. And we are very grateful! To them. To all the many residents who called, emailed, showed up, testified, went door to door, and contributed. To each other! To you.Read more
Friends. Developers are making last minute efforts at persuasion. Let's remind the Gaming Commission that we are still opposed to a casino in East Greenbush. Easy way to do this is to make a quick phone call.
Call Kristen Buckley the Gaming Commission at 518-388-3407.
Here's a sample script:Read more
Friends. The Gaming Commission has said that a meeting is tentatively scheduled for December 17 in Albany where the Facility Location Board will announce its recommendations for casino licensing in the State. The meeting isn't firm yet. The recommendations aren't guarantees. Nothing about this process has been easy to tolerate for residents who don't want their town to be taken over by the failing and loss producing casino industry. We have been vigilant for three seasons now. And ifRead more