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COLONIE: Town tackles blight

Brizzell said the legislation deals specifically with unsafe, not unsightly, properties.

"This doesn't do anything with Sebastian's," said Brizzell, referring to the former strip club at the intersection of Troy Schenectady Road and Wade Road Extension, which is painted pink and littered with graffiti. "It may be unsightly, but it's not unsafe."

Even under the amended law, the town wouldn't be able to go after its owner.

The property is currently on the market, said Town Attorney Arnis Zilgme.

Zilgme said that, overall, the amended law would shift the town's focus from seeking penalties on the property owners to getting the properties fixed.

Several residents appeared before the board Thursday, Oct. 26, to voice concerns about properties they have been living near for years and no action has been taken.

When they were told the properties they mentioned were all on the town's list, the residents commended the town for revamping efforts to bring properties under compliance.

The town plans leave the public comment period open on the amended law leading up to the Thursday, Nov. 15, meeting when the board will vote on the law.

Until then, outgoing town board member Kevin Bronner asked that the law and definitions in it be made clear so that the properties be cleaned up and made safe.

The owners of some of the properties "know how to manipulate these laws," he said.""

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