New Scotland ethics law back on table

"I've been a resident of New Scotland for 13 years now, and I still know nothing about it," she said.

Using a conference room a her business's premises, she hopes to compile information on town resources, area attractions and local businesses into one place, and also place that information onto overlay maps.

"The philosophy of doing this is very collaborative and very inclusive...to provide a gateway, if you will, to existing information and resources so people can find it," she said.

She said she's already spoken with the New Scotland Business Builders and the New Scotland and Clarksville historical associations, and is seeking permission to use the town logo for the welcome center.

The New Scotland Town Board heard a preliminary proposal from a representative of a national organization that builds senior housing.

Peter Sokaris, of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, spoke on behalf of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, which has a branch that endeavors to construct senior housing in communities across the nation by drawing on federal Housing and Urban Development monies.

The AHEPA usually constructs buildings of 50 apartment units, and will add more if there's more demand. They are rented at 30 percent of the resident's income, with any remaining cost subsidized by the government.

"There is a need for this in every community," especially given an aging populaiton, Sokaris said.

He said Peter Baltis had agreed to donate five acres of land along Route 85 to such a project.

Dolin said the major obstacle facing such a development would be a lack of water and sewer infrastructure.

"The proposal is a modest proposal. We just want you to look at it to see if it's feasible," Sokaris said.

The board delayed having a discussion on making a $500 donation to the Friends of the Voorheesville Library and an update on the size cap law as Councilman Daniel Mackay was absent.""

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