Conservative announces N.S. candidacy in response to Dems' picks

Belenchia said in a written statement that he does not support a big-box retailer in town, but he said a 50,000 square-foot size-cap is "arbitrary."

"A size cap is the wrong way to prevent undesirable development and could stop some great ideas," he said. "There needs to more dialogue."

He said the Hannaford on Maple Avenue is only 30,000 square-feet and is struggling. He said if they wanted to expand, they might not be able to under the proposed 50,000 square-foot size cap.

"I would not like the see a super Wal-Mart or a Super Target," he said. "But we have a very small commercial tax base."

He also said other important issues, such as water, taxes and overspending need to be addressed.

Belenchia added he is supporting candidates Karen Moreau and Roz Robinson for supervisor and town board, respectively.

Dolin said he was pleased to receive the Democratic nomination and is hopeful for another term.

"I would like an additional two years to finish some of the things that I started," Dolin said.

He also said that while the size-cap is going to be a contentious issue going into the November races, he is hopeful a solution could be reached before the election.

"I'm going to take one more stab at coming up with a proposal," he said.

He said it is possible he will introduce Local Law E, after speaking with other members of the town board and addressing some of the concerns of the Albany County Planning Board, such as density.

He said it is likely he will bring the issue up after the Fourth of July holiday break.

Mackay said he is happy to have the support of the Democrats, and is hoping to bring change to the Town Board.

"There's a lot at stake in this election," he said. "We're taking this seriously. We're fully in this all the way through November."

Mackay said a 50,000-square-foot size-cap on retail developments and 100,000 square-foot cap on shopping centers is still an important measure for proposed developments.

"We think it is the critical part in evaluating whether the project is too big or too small for New Scotland," he said.

Mackay said a Planned Unit Development could also be used when an "extraordinarily beneficial" project presents itself.


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