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Clifton Park names John Scavo planning director

"To make decisions effectively, you have to live in a community," Scavo said.

In Cohoes, he said, there were several absentee landlords who were not properly caring for their properties so he reached out to them to work on revitalizing the city. He said the city revisited its town code and made it the enforcement tool it needed to be.

"Many issues communities face are not unique," he said. "I will never put blinders on."

Scavo said that 40 percent of planning projects are regulatory and 60 percent of the projects are securing funding for the project.

He said he has to look at the decisions not only from a planning perspective, but also from a resident's perspective because his decisions could affect his town as well.

"Given his background, he should be able to hit the ground running in what is a critical position at Town Hall," Bulger said.

Scavo said he is excited about some of the town's projects, especially the Dwaas Kill transfer development rights and the town's open space preservation efforts. He also said he is impressed by the town's commitment to open government most recently their effort to offer video stream of the Town Board meetings.

He received a bachelor's degree in sociology from SUNY Cortland.

He will be paid $65,000 annually.

The Planning Board is interviewing candidates for the open assistant director of planning, but resumes are still being accepted for the position, according to Bulger.

The assistant director position opened when Janis Dean retired in February after 20 years with the department.

Interested candidates for the assistant director position may send their resumes to Michael Shahen, Town Administrator, One Town Hall Plaza, Clifton Park 12065.""

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