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Bethlehem making plans for capital projects

Some of the projects Cunningham has been pitching are job opportunities at the Vista Technology Park in Slingerlands; development of the Selkirk Yard Industrial District; improving traffic flow along the Route 9W corridor; leveraging low-cost power from the Selkirk Cogeneration plant; and entering into a health consortium project.

"The concerns of the Bethlehem community are my concerns, and I will bring them to Washington as I actively seek funding for our projects and support for our community programs," Tonko said in a release. "We have to do whatever we can to keep the great quality of life we enjoy here in our Capital Region communities."

Councilman Sam Messina said a capital project plan is something he has been pushing for some time now.

"This is where the rubber meets the road in terms of good governance," he said. "I think we should have been here a year and a half ago."

He asked Cansler what kind of timeline was in place for an actual plan proposal.

"I can't really give you an exact date; we're cranking away on that," he said. "Like I said, this was an eye opener. I wish we were further along."

Hennessey told Cansler to continue to do his homework before submitting a plan.

"Now is the time to plan, take your time, do it right," he said. "Now is not the time to spend money." ""

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