Niskayuna town budget includes rec department changes

"The reorganization actually saves money in the budget by reallocating support staff to a vacant position in Town Hall," said Landry.

One resident spoke in support of the proposed changes.

"Our town has changed over the last 15 or 20 years. Our town has grown and so has the need for youth services," said Sunny Lee of Niskayuna. "We need improvement of town services and accountability of town employees."

Residents praised the recreation department's Web site and e-mail program, which makes it possible to register children for recreational sports online.

"Change is very important, and when I started 20 years ago, I worked very hard with the staff that's here now," said Councilwoman Liz Orzel Kaspar. "We have worked from the grass roots up [to improve the recreation department]."

Kasper said she was originally not in favor of the proposed changes and wasn't going to vote for them, but that after much discussion with Joe Landry and councilwoman Julie McDonnell, she decided she would give it a try.

"When things don't work in the business world, they're changed," said Peggy McDermott of Niskayuna "I don't care who makes the changes, as long as they're made."

A public hearing about the budget will be held at the next agenda meeting on Monday, Nov. 6.""

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