Clifton Park Still Negotiating With Colonie On Stony Creek Reservoir Sale

Three weeks after the Town of Colonie posted an request for proposals for the sale of the town's portion of the Stony Creek Reservoir, approximately 963 acres, in Clifton Park, Town Councilwoman Nicole Criscione-Szesnat urged the board and Supervisor Paula Mahan to re-consider doing anything the town can to assure the property is sold to the Town of Clifton Park.

At a Town Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8, Criscione-Szesnat read a letter she had written to the Board, explaining that she wishes the RFP that was introduced on Thursday, Sept. 23, be retracted and instead, the town work on its negotiations with Clifton Park.

\Maybe Clifton Park will increase its offer, she said to Mahan, who explained that while she agrees that she would like to see the property sold to Clifton Park, it would have to be done in the best interest of the taxpayers, which includes coming at a higher offer than that which was originally provided by Clifton Park.

Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett, would not say how much Clifton Park had initially offered Colonie for the property, but He did say that, "It wasn't $8.7 million," as is being asked for on the RFP.

"I would love to see us come to an agreement with Clifton Park," said Mahan. "There's a ton of interest up there [for Clifton Park.] But we have a responsibility to the taxpayers."

Mahan said that the town was trying to look at every option, and that if Clifton Park were to come up with another offer, Colonie would take a serious look at it. She also said that negotiations with Clifton Park are not closed at this time, but that the sale of this property is about a municipality trying to reach a goal that is taking in the most money for its taxpayers.

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