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Albany officials propose expanding landfill

The City of Albany landfill is running out of space, and a proposal by city officials could feature an expansion of the landfill into unprotected land of the Pine Bush Preserve.

The project calls for the expansion of the existing landfill on Rapp Road in Guilderland into city-owned lands to the east, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the organization overseeing the potential expansion.

A public hearing on the issue is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Polish Community Center on the Washington Avenue Extension in Albany, according to the DEC.

Nicholas J. D'Antonio, commissioner of the Albany City Department of General Services said the city is looking at several different options. He said the DEC has mandated that the city study several different alternatives, including a pay-as-you-throw alternative, although D'Antonio called that the least preferable option.

We have been strong in saying that we will look at [all the alternatives], but we are not interested in [pay-as-you go], he said.

D'Antonio said he is not sure which of the several alternatives will work best for all parties involved.

"It's too early in the process to speculate; it's been an ongoing process. We've been working with the DEC," he said.

He added that the landfill generates close to $11 million of revenue for the Albany City.

Christopher Hawver, executive director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, said the expansion plan is a modified version of a previous proposal that did not go over well with the public.

Albany originally proposed expanding into protected land more than a year ago. After opposition from the public and the preserve commission, the city modified its proposal, Hawver said.

The new proposal involves the possibility of developing land in the Pine Bush habitat, although it is not part of the protected preserve lands, Hawver said.

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