Citizen group meets

At the first gathering of the Niskayuna Concerned Citizens meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Niskayuna Public Library, some main topics of discussion included taxes, and home revaluations.

The meeting went well. There were nine people there, said Linda Rizzo, one of the Niskayuna residents who organized the gathering. "Basically we just encouraged people to go to the Town Board meeting. It's important to express yourself and have community people get together and share concerns."

She said that she believes a community is strong when there are concerned residents meeting and talking about issues, rather than "dealing with them in isolation in their own individual homes."

She said that if residents are concerned about issues, it's helpful to know that they aren't alone.

Since the group's first meeting, Rizzo said the shape and mission of the group are coming together more clearly.

"I think we want to create a group that is vigilant about issues," said Rizzo. "We don't want an attack group, we don't want a group that is filled with negativity."

She said she wants people to get involved who are concerned about issues, and she wants members of the group to leave their partisanship at the door.

Lorene Zabin, another Niskayuna resident and meeting organizer, said that she too was pleased with how the meeting went.

"I feel that they [those attending] were laid back, and this is exactly the kind of Niskayuna person that should be able to come to the meeting and express themselves," said Zabin. "If they have any concerns, my philosophy is that Niskayuna is one big neighborhood. A lot of what makes Niskayuna special is the fact that we interact with the people in our neighborhood."

She said that she believes that Niskayuna residents should be concerned about what affects their neighborhoods, as well as other parts of the community.

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