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Spotlight on Clifton Park candidates

— O’Connor, Zygmuntowicz and Whalen also said they would work to keep Clifton Park town tax free.

Development at Exit 9 has erupted over the past few years and the audience wanted to know what the positives and negatives of that development was.

Barrett said he was “very excited” about Exit 9 and that it’s increasingly beneficial to the town.

“I really put my political future on the line in a lot of cases. Back before I took office … I started working on attracting retail to the Exit 9 area,” said Barrett, who credited Boscov’s with starting things off. “Once [Boscov’s came] that spurred a tremendous snowball of additional retail.”

O’Connor said the area was “fairly congested” and accident prone.

Zygmuntowicz said it was a plus that so many things were “right in our backyards,” as was increased sales tax revenues, but wasn’t pleased with how it isn’t pedestrian friendly.

“That’s something I’m hoping we could be addressing,” said Zygmuntowicz.

Whalen and Hughes said development at the Exit 9 area has been positive for the town and makes it an attractive place for new residents to settle.

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