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New Scotland town board halts building

A joint statement was issued on behalf of board members Rich Reilly, Debbie Baron and Peg Neri.

"If we were to announce our position prior to the public hearing as some of our colleagues have done, we believe that it would create a basis for a legal challenge by whichever side is not pleased with the outcome on the grounds that the board had acted arbitrarily and capriciously by predetermining its decision without having established a record," Neri said.

New Scotland resident and member of NS4SED Christine Galvin said she is more than pleased that the board passed the moratorium. "I am thrilled that the Town Board finally heard our residents' message that regional, big-box malls have no place in our town," she said.

Galvin said NS4SED's work is not over, though. "Our future work will now be concentrated on making sure our zoning regulations enforce that community vision."

Representatives from Sphere were also at the hearing.

"A moratorium is not necessary," said Kurt Wendler of Sphere. "We have an excellent team put together with a lot of experience."

After the moratorium passed, John D'Alessandro, also from Sphere, said that the company is going to have to reassess its strategy.

"We're going to take some time to regroup and figure out if we want to wait out the six months or not," he said.""

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