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Concerns aired at landfill forum

"No one's going to want [property] regardless of the price," Garry said. "We'll have to sell to welfare recipients. That's the end of the village."

Garry also noted that when Mayor Jennings was a city councilman representing the area the Pine Bush is located in, he made a number of comments opposing the landfill's expansion.

"That's quite a turnaround," Garry said.

At the meeting, there was some friction between Tom Lutz, an advocate against the expansion, and the evening's moderator, Henry Landau. Lutz passed out literature earlier in the evening questioning the absence of New York Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie, from meetings regarding the landfill, including Wednesday's.

"We're not going to entertain any political bashing," Landau responded.

Lutz said he was trying to explain "how we got here," and that was his motivation for making the comments.

"We're here today because the political process has failed," Lutz said.

He later claimed that he was rudely, incorrectly and illegally asked to "sit down and shut up."

Landau later announced that Reilly's Chief of Staff Tim Nichols was at the meeting.

In a later interview, Reilly said he is interested in the process, but he should not interfere with the process designed by DEC to come up with a compromise for all the interested parties. He also said he resented comments Lutz made that he supports the landfill. Reilly said he is sympathetic to the situation and is hopeful for an adequate solution.

"The solution to this issues is not an easy one," Reilly said.

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