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Former Colonie official calls rezoning jabs 'baseless'

Ulderic Boisvert says landowner's allegations of a deal with the town are 'trumped up conspiracy theories'

Former board member Ulderic J. Boisvert said allegations that he struck a deal with the previous Colonie administration to change the zoning on his property near the Pine Bush Preserve are untrue.

At a Town Board meeting earlier this month, Colonie resident Suzanne Perry-Potts said Boisvert had the zoning of his residential property changed from Industrial F to Business E during the Comprehensive Plan process in 2005, to the detriment of the preserve. Boisvert's residence, however, is actually near Memory's Garden by Shaker Rental. He does own property on Albany Street near the preserve, but that parcel is zoned agricultural, a change that was made in 2007.

She's making crazy accusations, Boisvert said. "She's making baseless conspiracy theory claims that hold no water."

Boisvert said Saratoga Associates made a recommendation to the previous administration to change what was left of the zoning area where his Albany Street property was located to Industrial, which the board approved. Boisvert said his property was not part of that change.

"The way she [Potts] made it sound was that I made some backroom deal with the Town Board to say, 'OK, I'm going to make this property only Industrial,' and that's not the case," he said. "If you look at it, it's just a block."

Boisvert said Brian Hogan, who was a Colonie Town Board member and liaison to the planning department at the time, discussed the proposed changes with the board.

"At the end of it was all put together with the Saratoga Associates, they said, 'This is our plan, this is how we want to move forward on it,'" he said. "I did not at any time give an inference on how to change the comprehensive plan. I never spoke up and said, 'Well, we should do it this way or that way,' it was whatever Saratoga Associates put in front of us. There were other board members who put input on it, but myself, I thought they did a very good job in crafting this document."

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