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Marotta plan faces uphill battle

"This is something I'd like to just see go away," said DiLallo.

His fellow board members agreed.

Commission Member Thomas Yuille said he'd been following the progress of the Marotta dump-site in the media, and had yet to hear a positive comment from the public or town officials about the recently proposed project.

"The only person that seems to be in favor of this project is Mr. Marotta himself," said Yuille, who noted that Marotta had been cited by the town, Schenectady County and the Schenectady Watershed Board for violations of county health laws and watershed rules.

The planning commission also received letters, advising against the proposed project, from the Rotterdam Board of Fire Commissioners, the Friends of the Aquifer and Rotterdam's Conservation Advisory Committee.

"We have been fighting to force Mr. Marotta to clean up his property since Jan. 12, 2006, when he hauled in truck load after truck load of junk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.," wrote Shawn Schultz, president of Friends of the Aquifer.

Marotta is expected to be sentenced in July for his town violation. The violation carries a maximum fine of $250 and up to 15 days in jail.

County Attorney Chris Gardner said the county is currently in litigation with Marotta, in an attempt to recoup nearly $17,000 in cleanup costs and fines stemming from violations of public health regulations.

Gardner said the county is also in the process of attempting to take control of Marotta's property.

"We're in court right now," said Gardner last week.

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