Thursday, December 10, 2015

Milestones and Watersheds

It's been quite a ride over the last few years. We're coming up on the anniversary of the Casino Location Board deciding to NOT locate a casino in East Greenbush. December 17th is the date, and we're going to celebrate with a Save East Greenbush party and fundraiser. I'd call that date a milestone. A watershed is the fallout of that decision and the community activity which led up to it – the election of the East Greenbush First majority to the Supe job and the Town Board. Both political machines which had “run” East Greenbush in concert for a long time were turned out to pasture in a landslide. They're still trying to figure out what happened.

Save East Greenbush still has a balance on the legal bill to Meyer and Fuller. They made a great case even in the face of a major “fix” attempted by the players with the Zoning Board. What was important is that the community saw the extent to which the political pressure was exerted. Instead of asking the ZBA attorney for guidance, they asked the Building Inspector for an interpretation of the law. Good Grief.

The citizens of East Greenbush should be abundantly proud of the accomplishments of the last year. Some of the efforts started years ago. But the recent victories are pleasant. Now we have the last bills to pay. (The Players who visited this plague upon us should be contributing, but they won't.) The payoff is that the insider trading which once went on won't happen anymore. No more illegal Plat approvals, no more road paving for insiders…….no more stipends and illegal “incentives.”