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Should the town of Ballston buy the Cappiello Farm?

Yes 45% 74 votes
No 54% 90 votes
Total Votes: 164

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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September 27, 2012
9:28 p.m.

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Sparkys_Dad ( anthony spinelli ) says...

How about Global Foundries as a sponsor?
It's the least they can do considering all those tax breaks.
lol.

September 28, 2012
4:57 a.m.

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cfield ( Robert Cohn Assoc Inc. ) says...

I just don't understand how these Towns,Cities,and of course our own great tax state of NY are so called "BROKE" and yet they keep spending like drunken sailors.If they have a enough money to make purchases like this, Maybe P. Southworth should look into lowering tax assessments and rates!!!

September 28, 2012
1:11 p.m.

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pollywog ( polly windel ) says...

The land is assessed at $3300/acre for agricultural purpose, much higher if developed. The offer was for $2200/acre. Had two councilmen not harassed Mrs. Cappiello, personally, and another not called the offer "a gun to my head", the deal would be on. All the Farmland Committee was asking for is the opportunity to let all the residents vote on the purchase and the three republican members of the Board did not want the residents to vote on the offer. They do not want the public to vote and they harass senior citizens. They have insulted the family.

September 28, 2012
2:14 p.m.

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newyorker65 ( Mary Stagliano ) says...

The article that I read said the Cappiello family won't wait forever for the Town to decide to buy their property or not... to which I say... give it up Town of Ballston! You don't have the money, nor should you have the right to make this big purchase with taxpayers money unless it goes to a public vote! What the heck are you going to do with that piece of property anyway? It's fairly useless to most of the citizens of the Town. And to the Cappiello's... if you really want to do something nice for the Townspeople who purchased your goods over the years... donate the land! Otherwise, don't put pressure on the Town to buy now or lose out... you've had that property for sale for YEARS!

September 29, 2012
9:14 a.m.

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vkowal121 ( Valerie Kowalski ) says...

Instead of this payoff to the Cappiello family, why won't the town remove the moratorium on development of the land and allow the family to sell to a developer? Remember, maybe 10 years ago, when a developer proposed a high-end homes/condos plan and the town squashed it and imposed the moratorium? My impression is that this is the town's solution to the mess - stick the taxpayers with the cost. How is this $$ available?

September 29, 2012
10:02 a.m.

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pollywog ( polly windel ) says...

Actually, Newyorker65...the issue before the board WAS ONLY to put the resolution to purchase the farm up for a vote in November. So you see, the residents WERE NOT ALLOWED to vote. So three counciltoads blocked our right to vote. That's un-Constitutional.

September 29, 2012
10:25 a.m.

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ed186 ( Edmund W. Girtler ) says...

To late the Cappiello family has decided NOT TO SELL TO THE TOWN! Too bad for the town.

September 29, 2012
11:20 p.m.

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simplesimon ( Carrie Fisher ) says...

Thank the providential hand of God that the town council practiced due diligence in this matter and didn't let this gang ramrod this thru! It is my understanding that Joan Pott, Patti Southworth and the other masterminds of this acquisition worked behind the scenes and only brought it to the attention of town hall Monday.Suddenly it was necessary to bring it to a vote right away. It seems that town law requires a 60 day period before a vote was possible. How inconvient to the parties trying to bully this thru.And we are to believe the poor Cappiellos had their feelings hurt? Really? So hurt that they are entertaining an offer for twice the amount the town was offering.Shame on Patti Southworth and Joan Pott and the rest of this group that tried to push this thru as it would only benefit a very few. Perhaps a better use of resources would be to examine a sewer project, something everyone would benefit from and move Ballston forward.

September 30, 2012
11:45 a.m.

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pollywog ( polly windel ) says...

simplesimon is exposing his stupidity. The issue was PRESENTED 6 weeks ago and at every single public meeting since that time. At that time it was explained that this was going to happen quickly. Obviously you were not there or snoozing. It was all open and above board and the fact that a certain councilperson didn't propose it herself is no reason for the residents to be denied a vote. And then there's the harassment of Mrs. Cappiello, who was not involved at all. Harassment of a senior citizen for political gain! So if you want to talk about politics, bring it on.

 

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