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Longtime Councilman retires

Roth has been a part of countless efforts that the town board has worked toward together during his tenure, like limiting the number of houses in western Clifton Park, the purchase of open space and the development of another park. He emphasized that while the board works as a group on many things, there are two accomplishments he is proud to lay a significant amount of personal claim to.

"Household Hazardous Waste Day is something I've started and coordinated ever since. About the third year I was in office I'd seen one done in the town of Niskayuna sponsored by GE. I liked what it did " allowed people to bring hazardous waste to an area that would collect it as opposed to just throwing it in a garbage can " so I started the day in Clifton Park," said Roth, who said the board didn't expect it to be as successful as it was. "We said it was something we'll try to do every couple years and the first year we thought only a few people would show, but we had around 300 cars show up. We've been doing it every year since; this year we had over 1,000 cars attend."

Roth's second achievement " middle-income senior housing " has been six years in the making and will tentatively finally come to fruition this September.

"We had high-income and low-income senior housing but no middle-income housing [people with Social Security and some savings or retirement]. The apartments would be one bedroom for maybe $500 a month or a two bedroom for $650. Many builders came with proposals but none were interested in middle income until two and a half years ago when an organization from Rochester approached us and accepted it [middle income]," said Roth. "It took a couple years to get qualifications from the state and we had a groundbreaking last summer. There will be 80 senior housing apartments on Miller Road; it'll look great once it's done."

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