[Updated] Nisky indoor rec project 'postponed'

Two board members claim they were left out of decision on controversial bond

— Outcry over the proposal to build a new indoor recreation facility in Niskayuna appears to have outweighed support as town officials have dropped the bond proposal.

Supervisor Joe Landry on the morning of Saturday, April 28, announced in a press release the Town Board would not vote on a bond resolution to build a new indoor recreation facility at its upcoming Tuesday, May 1, meeting. Landry said the town would continue to work with the Niskayuna Soccer and Lacrosse clubs to find an alternative method to providing an indoor facility.

Landry expressed support for the current proposal, but said the timing isn’t right.

“Although I truly believe that this is a good project for our community, we have heard from many residents who do not feel it is the right time to move forward,” Landry said in a statement. “After speaking with representatives of the Niskayuna Soccer and Lacrosse clubs, we have decided to remove this item from the current list of proposed bond resolutions.”

Landry said Councilwoman Julie McDonnell, chairwoman of the town Parks and Recreation Committee, would continue working with the clubs to study all options.

McDonnell said the project would generate revenue to cover operating costs and expenses and blamed politics for stalling the effort.

“I am disappointed that a project that pays for itself and benefits so many children and Niskayuna residents has been derailed by misinformation and political grandstanding,” McDonnell said in a statement. “I am very grateful to all of the members of the soccer and lacrosse clubs, past and present, who have generously contributed their time and their money for this investment in our community. I am hopeful that their efforts will ultimately benefit children when this project finally becomes a reality.”

Councilman Jonathan McKinney has continuously expressed opposition to the bonding proposal and rallied residents to express their disapproval of the project.

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