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Colonie councilman blasts review panel

Colonie resident Helen Romano said she is unsatisfied with the current process and said it isn't nearly comparable to the one in 2005, when the town's Comprehensive Plan was last created.

"The town did a really thorough job when the plan was implemented in 2005," she said. "We put a lot of input into the meetings when they first happened."

She said she was pleased by the amount of effort to make the town aware of what was going on in 2005 by holding workshops, discussion groups and meetings at The Crossings.

If people didn't know to look on the town's website, she added, they would have no idea what is going on with the review process this year.

There will be a public Comprehensive Planning Committee Meeting on Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Romano and Dustin are also taking issue with the afternoon schedule.

"Who's going to go to a meeting at 3:30 in the afternoon?" Romano said. "People have work."

She asked why the meetings couldn't be held in the evenings, like those of other departments.

"She [Mahan] campaigned on transparency," Romano said. "This isn't transparency. Not by a long shot."

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