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Nisky property denied ag status

"The zone is reserved for farmers who need to farm," said Mannino. "We want to make sure we're not here again next year."

Lennon's property had been recommended for the agricultural district by the county's Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, a volunteer board, which is overseen by the Department of Economic Development.

But, the Legislature deemed Lennon's property unfit for the zone, citing several of same concerns mentioned by community members.

"I agree with the sentiment expressed tonight by residents," said Legislator Brian Gordon, D-Niskayuna, who offered the amendment drafted by Legislator Martin Finn, D-Niskayuna, who was absent. "This process verifies a problem that would have developed."

Legislator Joseph Suhrada, R-Rotterdam, said a problem never should have developed. He said that Ray Gillen, the county's chairman of economic development, should be held accountable for signing off on the recommendation.

"The department head should take the blame for this," said Suhrada.

Gillen said he was simply following the state's mandated process under the Agriculture and Markets Law. He said the Legislature's ultimate denial of Lennon's application was an example of the way the process works.

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