Metroplex growth gains support in Niskayuna

L.P. Goldstock, owner and operator of LP's Grill in the plaza, indicted he was lonely there and wished for more tenants. "Many people don't know I am here," said Goldstock.

Ray Gillen, chairman of Metroplex spoke to show his support for the plan. "We want to work with the owner and assure the board that all activity will meet the zoning and other requirements of the town," he said.

The Town Board also:

Presented certificates of merit to four Niskayuna firefighters. The Grand Boulevard Fire Company, District No.1, presented Craig Hafner a certificate of merit as Rookie of the Year. Among other training accomplishments Hafner was the top volunteer responder, responding to 498 calls. District No.1 presented the Firefighter of the Year award to Nick Persons. District No.2 presented the Certificate of Merit to Jerry Barbiero as Firefighter of the Year. Barbiero responded to over 400 calls. District No. 3, The Stanford Heights district, presented the Firefighter of the Year certificate to Paul Avery, who also responded to over 400 calls.

Heard a presentation of a proposal to make the parks and other outdoor recreation areas in the town non-smoking areas. Jeanie Orr, project coordinator of the Tobacco Free Coalition, made the presentation. Orr claimed that data showed that in some instances the second hand smoke (SHS) in open recreation areas could be as dense as SHS in interior spaces.

"There is no level off SHS that is found to be safe," explained Orr. Orr reported the results of surveys of citizens in Niskayuna that showed about 50 percent would favor non-smoking in area parks. If the board agreed to make the parks non-smoking the Tobacco Free Coalition would provide the no-smoking signs at no cost to the town. Enforcement of the smoking ban would be voluntary and from peer pressure, Orr said.""

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