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Crossgates chief talks about changes, future

Castaldo said that although the mall does consume town services, he does not believe it is a drain on the town.

"We pay for those services. I am a taxpayer like everyone else," he said. He also said local businesses benefit from the 19 million people that travel to Crossgates each year, and that Crossgates pays for many of the services it consumes.

"Friday and Saturday nights you will see two police officers there. We pay for them," he said.

Burbank said that communication between the Chamber and Crossgates will continue beyond the First Friday event. She said Castaldo will become a regular at each First Friday, and that Castaldo has invited the Chamber to attend the mall's monthly merchant meetings.

"Castaldo has a great management style; wanting to stay in touch with the local businesses, meet parents, even go to town board meetings to keep abreast of what is going on in the town," she said.

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