Buhrmaster kicked from county IDA

Hughes said the newly appointed IDA members are very well qualified and can help the organization move forward in promoting business and creating jobs. Hughes also noted that IDA meetings are open to the public.

Legislator Brian Gordon, D-Niskayuna, said he thought Buhrmaster did a good job during his tenure, but it was time more some new people to step up.

"What we have now is an opportunity to bring in some new faces and some new blood," said Gordon. "I think that they are going to do a great job."

Vellano kept her comments short before voting against Buhrmaster's replacement, but she showed her support for the legislator.

"Mr. Buhrmaster, I believe you to be a true asset of our county IDA, and I thank you for your service, and I vote no."

Until Buhrmaster cast his vote against the resolution, he had remained largely silent during the evening.

"Today was a good day when I woke up, and I felt very good about today," said Buhrmaster, adding that things began to fall apart when he received a message in the afternoon that the Legislature would be seeking to replace his position on the IDA. "From that point on, and now it is five hours since then, and now I've got mixed emotions. I would like to think that it is not political," said Buhrmaster. "I attend regularly. When I get called on, I serve."

Buhrmaster said he was told there would be representation from both parties in the County Legislature on the IDA when he was appointed seven years ago.

"I think the way it came down is a little sad, and I feel sad for the direction we've gone in," said Buhrmaster.

Susan Savage, D-Niskayuna, chairwoman of the Legislature, said the replacements are meant to diversify the representation on the IDA.""

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