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Fortitech plans moving forward

Susan E. Savage, D-Niskayuna, chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature, said that the Fortitech project, along with possible future projects at the Airport Tech Park, will expand Glenville's tax base.

"This business will also be an important part of the community and will provide jobs in Schenectady County," said Savage.

Only Minority Leader Robert Farley, R-Scotia, publicly criticized the legislation. Farley voiced concerns over the language of the law, which does not specify Fortitech as the ultimate purchaser of the property. Farley was also concerned that the legislation did not specify the exact use of the parcel.

Gillen said the IDA has been transparent about the purpose and specifics of the Fortitech project and that a number of presentations had been delivered at the Legislature's committee meetings.

The Legislature will allow Fortitech to break ground on construction before the company closes on the property.

Schlief said construction will start immediately. He's optimistic the first building will be completed in nine to 11 months.

Gillen said he's been in negotiations with several other companies in an attempt to fill the Airport Tech Park.

"There's been strong interest in the site," he said.

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