Daniel Mackay, a founding member of NS4SED who prepared the group's statement, said the conflict of interest allegations are based on an inaccurate set of facts.
"Just as the CZAC was nearing a critical but contentious point in discussions recommending a specific size cap for retail stores, a proponent for such a size cap is suddenly charged with a conflict of interest," said Mackay.
Kormos was expected to release a statement later in the day, after Spotlight Newspapers went to press. Go to spotlightnews.com for updates on this developing story.
NS4SED members said Kormos should not be singled out for her past involvement with the Bender Melon property.
"It should be noted that other CZAC members have past and potential future business relationships to properties in the commercial zone, as could be expected since the members of the committee include a surveyor and lawyers involved with development and approvals of residential and commercial properties," according to the statement.
The catalyst for NS4SED's statement was the zoning committee's Wednesday, Sept. 24, meeting, which went into executive session immediately after being called to order and adjourned after returning 40 minutes later.
The statement from NS4SED cites Kormos as the "sole focus" of that session.
Senior planner at Behan Planning Associates Mike Welti was not at the Sept. 24 meeting because, he said, Robinson told him in advance that an executive session might take up a good amount of time.
Behan is paid by the number of hours it works on the project, and, Welti said, that since the committee did not plan on conducting its regular agenda because of the executive session, it would be a waste of money if Behan attended.
"This wouldn't be a very productive use of our time," Welti said.
The next CZAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Voorheesville High School. ""