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CVS gets third hearing and loses

Residents: store doesn’t fit the character of surrounding neighborhood

— After hearing from the residents, Deputy Supervisor Robert Godlewski wanted to remind the crowd that all the Town Board was doing was giving its report and recommendation to the Planning Commission. He added that none of the board members had said which way they would vote.

“If the zoning change is approved, we will make the proper recommendation,” he said. “It’s only a recommendation. If the Planning Commission says ‘no,’ I highly believe we’ll vote that way.”

Councilwoman Nicola DiLeva had heard enough, though, and said that she had heard the complaints from the residents and that no more information was necessary.

“I’m all for businesses but I’m against these changes,” she said. “I’m adamantly against this. I will not support this and I will not approve this to go to the Planning Commission.”

Councilman Wayne Calder even questioned why the board was even voting on the resolution if it was just going to be passed on to the Planning Commission.

“We need commercial business in the community and we need to offset the tax base, but to approve a project that is unacceptable is absurd,” he said.

DiLeva, Calder and Councilman Matt Martin voted against the resolution and Godlewski and Supervisor Frank Del Gallo voted in favor of it.

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