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GOP legislators want open space saved

"In all the years I've been in government, I've never been prouder of my constituents than what you are doing right now," said Sen. Farley. "What you're doing is incredible, and a lot more has to be done, and there needs to be a lot more openness."

Bob Farley said even though Savage said it is not going to be built on the contested land, there is still a chance it could be. The original $50 million bond issuance clearly states the home is to be built on the Hetcheltown Road location. In the resolution issuing the bond, it was said ground would be broken by September, but the county recently has stated this will not happen.

Tedisco stressed that open spaces need to be protected in Schenectady County and surrounding areas.

"The space you saw today at the Indian Kill are few and far between in Schenectady County," said Tedisco referring to the slideshow presentation put together by the community group.

Tedisco said development shouldn't occur on wildlife land, but land that can be developed and redeveloped.

"Right now we've got to protect that land for our children's, children's children," said Tedisco. "There is no amount of money that can bring that back."

The Republicans urged the community group to start a new petition to preserve the contested land. If the contested parcel does acquire a parkland designation then it cannot be taken away without a full vote form the entire state legislature, said Tedisco.

Sen. Farley said a lot of counties are getting out of the nursing home business and are moving it to the private sector out of economic concerns.

When contacted about the neighbors' concerns, Savage said, "I look forward to meeting with the residents to talk about their ideas and concerns.""

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