As an example of how citizens banding together were able to have an impact on their neighborhood, she cited an example of a local residential property that the owner wanted to make into an agricultural district and how resident action stopped that from happening.
"Someone got wind of it, and had they not pursued this, they might have caused a problem for the people in that particular part of Niskayuna," said Zabin.
In the end, she said that residents got together and spoke out for what they wanted, and the parcel of land remained residential.
Zabin said that the group has decided to have another meeting next month.
"One of the great things about Niskayuna and the neighborhood concept is that we all live here, and we are the closest thing we have to the government," said Zabin. "There are people out there who may want to be more involved, but they just don't know the proper way to do it, and we're going to try to help them, to tell them about meetings coming up, and the town's Web site " we have a great Web site."
She also wants the group to act as a resource for new citizens in the town.
"I think there are a lot of people that come into town, and they're not aware of the great things we have here," said Zabin.
"If we can do something that's not in a negative fashion, because I don't like negative, I like positive, I think that's where we might really be more effective, and if not, so we'll chalk it up," said Zabin.
The next meeting of the Niskayuna Concerned Citizens will be held at the Niskayuna Public Library, located at 2400 Nott St. E., on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. For information, residents can call Lorene Zabin at 370-0572.""