SAVE EAST GREENBUSH RESPONDS TO TOWN OF EAST GREENBUSH SPECIAL MEETING:
“GRAVE CONCERNS OVER ABBREVIATED PROCESS”
June 10, 2014:
East Greenbush, NY (June 10, 2014). The residents of East Greenbush are extremely disappointed that the Town Board continues to limit their voice through exploiting the NYS Open Meetings Law. While the special meeting may have been legally scheduled; the date, time, and limited notice that was provided is disconcerting.
The residents who spoke at the public hearing held for this very issue were all clear in that they did not want a casino located within the Town of East Greenbush.
Based upon information obtained from the Town through a Freedom of Information Law request, a casino in the Town of East Greenbush and more specifically a casino being located on Thompson Hill, was prejudged by the Town Board long before any proposal was ever made public. Any vote in support of a casino in the Town would be arbitrary and capricious as neither the Town Board nor the developer has addressed the grave concerns the residents have raised throughout the abbreviated process. The baseless figures provided by the developer have been proven to be fiction, while the very real social and environmental impacts of the proposal including development of prime agricultural land, which also includes a federally designated wetland, still remain unanswered. Even more troubling, is that the Town Board has neither asked nor required the developer to respond to these questions.
The members of Save East Greenbush are prepared to continue their opposition and challenge any biased decisions of Town Board in the courts if necessary.
"We're concerned that the Town Board called for a public hearing last week, witnessed an overwhelming majority opposed to a casino, and now indicates that these citizens’ voices don't count," said Dwight Jenkins. "If they want to know what's going on in the town, they can go door to door like we've been doing. Instead, they call a Special Meeting for a weekday at 4:30 pm, with little notice. That doesn’t demonstrate to me that they are actually listening to their consituents.”