Guilderland hires economic chair

The Guilderland Town Board appointed a new chair to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a stipend of $3,600, at its Tuesday, Aug. 19, meeting.

Thomas Kriger, will replace Donald Csaposs, who now acts solely as a provisional grant writer for the town. Csaposs retired as chair of the advisory council on April 29.

He was on the environmental council. He understands the issues of town government. He is familiar with our zoning ordinances and our comprehensive plan, said Guilderland Supervisor Ken Runion.

Kriger has done budget analysis for the State University of New York education system and managed one of the largest farms in central New York.

Runion said his experience with Ontario Orchards, which Kriger worked at from 1980-1993, and his experience with the SUNY budget were key factors in the board's decision to hire Kriger.

Kriger, who recently had surgery on his knee, hobbled to the podium at the Aug. 19 meeting to answer questions from the board about the plans to develop the community.

He also said information sharing is important, and "small business development centers," are a great resource.

"I think that's something we should take advantage of," he said. "I think [the best strategy is] to go along with what's been laid out in the comprehensive plan, and that's development," Kriger said.

The board asked him what he planned on doing with the advisory committee, and how he will use it as a tool to develop the community.

He said he wants to make sure people know about it, and make sure businesses are taking advantage of its resources.

Kriger said he plans to focus on developing the west side of town, update the transportation system, make the neighborhoods more pedestrian friendly, maintain the amount of farms in the area and find ways to provide wireless services to businesses.

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