Letters To The Editor

Letters To The Editor 03.23.23

North Greenbush Town Board Poised to Grant Moratorium Exception to Political Supporter

The ink is barely dry on the North Greenbush moratorium on multi -family housing (apartments, condominiums and townhomes) and the town board already has its first applicant for a variance. The board sought the moratorium late last year when it decided to take a closer look at the comprehensive land use plan which it has continuously ignored since its implementation in 2009. 

The applicant for the variance, a town resident actively involved with several recent projects in town including the new hardware store, professed ignorance of the moratorium. He proposes to construct a mixed use project containing retail and apartments in Wynantskill. He also is a supporter of the town Republican party and displayed candidate signs for the Town Board member in the last election on the exact same site where his project is proposed! It was not surprising that instead of following the moratorium and shutting down the proposal, the supervisor stated that the project was consistent with development in the hamlet and voted to send him to the planning board for approval. 

Business as usual in North Greenbush where pay-to-play political favoritism rules the day. Now that the board has shown itself open to bypassing the moratorium, we can expect more variance applications from their supporters. Let’s see if corruption continues to win out over the rule of law in North Greenbush.

Mary Frances Sabo, North Greenbush

Affordable Connectivity Program

Did you you the federal government can help some of us with broadband costs?

“The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more” [https://www.fcc.gov/acp].

Households have to meet at least one of the criteria listed on the FCC website, but there are multiple options including if you participate in veterans pension or survivor benefits. 

I learned about this program from “Talk of the Towns” a magazine about towns from the Association of Towns and I wanted to share that information. There are many government programs, we should when we find them.

Michael Myer, North Greenbush

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