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Property owners earning praise for preserving land

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Property owners earning praise for preserving land When the Cappiello property was sold and restored to a working farm, my letter to the editor praised both parties in the sale for creating the perfect fit (for Ballston). Last week, the property and its owner once again became newsworthy. The June 12 Gazette's Ballston column informed readers that the owners, Mark and Elizabeth Sacco, are engaged in a process seeking to secure a conservation easement to ...

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June 25, 2014
6 p.m.

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Dorothy....I don't see where the Sacco's actions are particularly praiseworthy. The bottom line is they will get a check from the taxpayers for $800,000 to $1,000,000 for land that is nowhere near that value considering developers will not buy it due to public outrage. He still gets to use the land as if he owns it. So bottom line....he's much richer with no sacrifice whatsoever.

June 28, 2014
3:40 p.m.

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Will Vining wrote above "The city should improve its walkability because that is one of the reasons people live here."
That is so true and I'd bet most of that traffic is NOT created by city residents.
For years the mayor has dragged his feet on making Erie Blvd safer for pedestrians, even claiming that nothing could be done until a multi-million dollar revamp of Erie Blvd.
Well, the revamp is now done, and I noticed yesterday that the "No turn on Red" signs at Liberty and Erie that existed just months ago are now GONE! I saw drivers actually challenging pedestrians (crossing WITH a walk light) for right of way.
Mayor, I've seen many pedestrians spend money downtown, but have never observed a CAR making a purchase. Get your priorities right.