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YIR 2008: Advanced Micro Devices makes commitment

Ground is broken on an expansion to the David R. Meager Community Center in the Town of Malta. The $6.1 million project will add a gymnasium, fitness room, media center and Round Lake Library branch to the building. In December of 2007, the expansion was subject to a public referendum when residents presented a petition objecting to the cost, but it ultimately won voter approval. The town hopes to open the expansion in September 2009.

August

Hollywood comes to Ballston Spa as the Ballston Spa Business and Professionals Association hosts the village's first film festival. Though the municipality doesn't have a movie theater, films are shown outdoors at Wiswall Park and in the Malta Avenue School. Former Hollywood residents Daniel DeFabio, Nicole Coady and Eric Vollweiler organized the event, which features short films from both local artists and world-renowned filmmakers.

The Town of Malta accepts the supplemental environmental impact statement for a proposed AMD microchip manufacturing plant in the Luther Forest Technology Campus. The unanimous vote brings the project one step closer to approval.

A primary election in the 20th Congressional District is ruled out when the state Board of Elections throws out signatures on the petitions of Republicans John Wallace and Michael Rocque, leaving them short of the 1,250 signatures needed to appear on the September ballot for the right to challenge incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Hudson. The displaced candidates say that technicalities forced legitimate signatures off their lists, but adhere to the decision. Their petitions had been challenged by the only other Republican in the race, Alexander "Sandy" Treadwell.

In the same process, the petition of Saratoga Springs Supervisor Joanne Yepsen, Democrat, is left 32 signatures short in her bid to seek the 43rd Senate District seat vacated by Joseph Bruno, leaving Brian Premo and Mike Russo to battle it out in the primary. Yepsen also objects to the board calling out "hyper-technicalities" in her signatures and files a motion to validate. Despite having her day in court, not enough decisions are reversed to complete her petition.

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