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GOP legislators want open space saved

Glenville neighbors focused on preservation of 'Indian Kill Field'

While the new Glendale Nursing Home will not likely be built in the land adjacent to the Indian Kill Nature Preserve, some Glenville residents are trying to make sure the debate doesn't even come up again.

Last week Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature, Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna, announced that the new Glendale facility wouldn't be in the field adjacent to the Indian Kill Nature Preserve or on what is known as the Glenville sledding hill due to inadequate space and difficult and costly engineering challenges.

The newly formed community group Preserve the Field at Indian Kill held a meeting at the Glenville Municipal Center on Monday, Aug. 30, to address the issue of trying to designate the adjacent field and hill as open space or forever wild. Politicians in attendance, while supporting the designation, also focused on the issue of transparency surrounding the nursing home project. The meeting was well attended by residents.

"Although the town doesn't have a lot of say in the process, as we've learned, we can do all we can to try and keep the lines of communication open with our county officials," said Republican Glenville Town Supervisor Christopher Koetzle. "We do need to protect our open spaces. That is something I know as a board we believe in very strongly."

GOP county legislators Jim Buhrmaster and Bob Farley, as well as Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and Sen. Hugh Farley attended the meeting. Savage said she was never invited to meeting.

"I think the train was going down the tracks, and the only reason it didn't go through is because of all of you in this room," said Buhrmaster. "We have not asked that one simple elementary question: Should we have a nursing home?"

Sen. Farley congratulated residents for their involvement in the project.

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