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Clifton Park Town Board fills post despite GOP outcry

In comments read to the Town Board by Planning Board Chairman and Republican Committee member Steve Bulger, Roth stated, "As the Town Board liaison to the Clifton Park Water Authority, it is my responsibility to request that the appointment of John Ryan to perform the newly opened vacancy be removed, with no confirmation moving forward tonight."

More than 11 years ago, Ryan expressed his frustration with the Clifton Park Water Authority in letters to the editor of several newspapers.

In an Oct. 24, 1997, letter that appeared in the Community News, Ryan said, "The CPWA has exhibited and has a well-documented arrogant and hostile attitude toward this community."

He called the CPWA an "outlaw authority," saying "outlaw because this authority could not get away with their current economic terror campaign against the citizens of this community if they were a private corporation or a purely public entity."

Walowit and Paloucci defended Ryan's earlier comments saying he was justifiably upset regarding a rate structure change and what he believed to be unfair treatment by the CPWA board.

Walowit said she served on the CPWA board at the time and that the rate structure change was a very contentious issue.

Town Board members have charged that other attempts to control the board have also been made by Wilcox.

Hughes said Wilcox proposed that all Town Board members attend political caucuses to discuss issues and vote among the committee on issues that were to go before the Town Board.

He said he believes all of this political outrage is linked to the Saratoga County water plan. The county is looking for Clifton Park to sign on to the $67 million county water system.

Attempts to reach Wilcox for comment were unsuccessful.""

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