Preservationists lose battle to keep Stanford Home put

"This has repercussions for all of New York state it basically just eviscerated the entire New York State Environmental Protection Law," said Brownstein.

Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry said during an interview after the decision that when he became town supervisor, the developers already had the approval to do whatever they wanted with the site. He said he is pleased the developer decided to preserve the building and incorporate it into the planned retail development.

"The thing people keep forgetting is at any point [the developer] could have got a demolishing permit and tore it down," said Landry. "I am trying to work with the cards that were dealt to me at the time.""

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