Champagne is one of four officers who were formally elected to leadership positions in the Friends of Stanford Home during a March 29 meeting of local activists at Niskayuna's First Baptist Church. Since then, the group has had discussions with the Troy-based Historic Action Network about future actions. Individual members have also assisted with preparations for the lawsuit.
"I can't really say too much right now because we are putting the finishing touches on our legal papers," Champagne said on Tuesday, April 11. "Once everything is completed and has been submitted to the courts, then we will be able to get into more details."
Champagne pointed out that the town's own environmental advisory panel supported requiring developers to complete a full environmental impact study as a condition of granting a special-use permit for the multimillion-dollar project.
Town Attorney Eric Dickson has said environmental impact procedures were already followed when the town approved relocating the adult home to Consaul Road last year. ""