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BALLSTON – With construction pending on the $10 million installation of sewage infrastructure on both sides of Ballston Lake, town leaders are now proposing a similar project in the hamlet of Burnt Hills that is valued at almost $16 million.

Multiple development projects are already underway in the town, including the construction of mixed-used commercial and housing units along Route 50 south of Ballston Spa; and near Mourningkill Drive and Charlton Road.

Town officials view the proposed sewer projects as related to that progress, especially since they are considering significant zoning changes for the Route 50 corridor as well.

Ballston’s Senior Planner Sophia Marruso said that some developers are waiting to see what the “final scope” will be from that legislative process.            

On Tuesday, during the first of several related public forums, Ballston Councilman Bill Goslin explained that the installation of a second large system of septic pipes would result in “a reasonable amount of development” in Burnt Hills.

Later that evening, the Ballston Town Board voted 3-2 in favor of creating the Route 50 Southern Sewer District subject to a public referendum on Wednesday, April 18.

Three other public forums are scheduled in town hall at 323 Charlton Road prior that date. They will be held on Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m.; and Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.

Previously, town officials had approved the creation of the Ballston Lake Sewer District. Goslin said he expects construction to start next year on that $10 million project. 

Councilman John Antoski, who voted against the new proposal along with Councilman Chuck Curtiss, said he was motivated by the fact that a “higher number” of town residents supported the lake sewer project.  

Both proposed septic systems would connect to existing Saratoga County pipes east of Ballston Lake.

The county maintains 350 miles of pipes and about 100 pump stations—often aided by gravity—for transporting 13 million gallons of wastewater daily to a treatment plant in Mechanicville, according to Sewer District Executive Director Dan Rourke. 

Kim Kotkoskie, owner of Capital Region Environmental Engineering and Compliance PLLC, joined Goslin and Ballston Supervisor Tim Szczepaniak at the Feb. 13 forum to answer questions about the Burnt Hills proposal from local residents.

As the forum started, a man who did not identify himself insisted on interrupting Kotkoskie to claim that the approval process is being conducted "in the dark."*

Still, she emphasized the importance of the sewer project due to elevated levels of harmful bacteria that are being detected in surrounding areas, saying: “People don’t understand what’s happening underground in this part of town.” 

According to Kotkoskie, only businesses and residents in the Route 50 Southern Sewer District would be required to pay the charges necessary for connecting to the system.

Dozens of homes and businesses around Burnt Hills would be able to connect to pipes installed alongside Route 50, Lakehill, Midline and Sherwin roads, Larkin Drive and Fireman’s Lane, according to a project map. A new pump station would be built on Main Street south of the lake.   

Kotkoskie said the total cost of installing the new sewer district would be $15.8 million, though up to $2.5 million in New York State grants may be available to help reduce that amount—if the town applies for them within a certain time frame.    

Kotkoskie said the charges to property owners in Burnt Hills include one-time connection fees in the range of $3,500 to $10,000, depending on actual distances from the new sewer-district pipes and the needs for grinder pumps.   

She added that the “worst case” scenario (without any supporting state grants) would equate to a $926 fee paid by property owners annually for 30 years.

Goslin explained that the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District would be required to pay a fee of $112,000, which would increase annual property tax bills by $13.

“I’ve heard a number of people say that’s too costly for them,” Antoski said, after voting this week against the Route 50 sewer district measure.

Yet Goslin, at least, sees it as a prime opportunity for the town of Ballston.

At the public forum, Goslin cited federal studies that were done 20 years ago to indicate that every dollar municipal governments spend on infrastructure projects—such as the one proposed in Burnt Hills—equals $14 of “tax base back.”  

The proposed zoning changes in Ballston, he added, “restrict development” to Route 50 and prohibit the construction of structures that are more than two stories tall. He added that town officials are quite discerning about the types of businesses they approve.  

“At one time, we were described as the fastest-growing town in New York state,” Goslin said. “That’s not a designation that we like when our Comprehensive Plan says ‘rural character.’”

He said the Saratoga County Economic Development Corporation provided an analysis finding that fewer than 50 of more than 300 acres along Route 50 were developable, due to wetlands issues.

In conclusion, Goslin said: “The introduction of sewer will promote economic development because respected businesses will not have to invest extra funds or extra space for septic systems. The town has already placed limitations on development, and we’ll continue to develop the standards for the remaining Route 50 parcels to provide the desired community services.” 

*Due to an editing error, this sentence was omitted from printed versions of Saratoga TODAY. 

Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:18

State Agency Cites Village Firehouses

The Eagle Matt Lee fire station on Washington Street and Union Fire Company on Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa. Photos by  

BALLSTON SPA – A recent audit by state officials revealed a number of violations in the village’s two firehouses, which are operated entirely by volunteers on an annual budget of about $200,000.

On Monday, Chief Officer Bill Lewis explained to Mayor John Romano and the village trustees that inspectors from the Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) division of the New York State Department of Labor found 36 “relatively small” violations in the operation of Eagle Matt Lee and Union Fire Company.

Lewis said that type of PESH audit had not been completed in the village for more than 30 years; and that he, First Assistant Michael Bashore and others in the fire department are “ahead of the game” in correcting the violations within the required time frames.

An "unfounded" complaint prompted the state inspection, he added.*

Cullen Burnell, a spokesman for the state Department of Labor (DOL), said in an email that two separate inspections were initiated in Ballston Spa and that one is complete while the other is ongoing.

"Generally speaking, PESH will conduct unannounced inspections on a random, but regular, basis," Burnell said. "An abatement period is set for the employers to come into compliance. If the employer does not comply during the abatement period, DOL can impose a penalty. The penalty, a maximum of $200 per day, accumulates until compliance is achieved."**

The most notable violations, Lewis said, include hepatitis shots for the department’s 139 volunteer members and proper training in a “bailout system” for firefighters who enter taller structures.

Lewis said that nearly 40 firefighters have signed up to receive the hepatitis shots, while many others have opted to sign forms declining them. 

He informed village board members that a company in Pennsylvania could provide the required bailout training to 10 members of the department (five from each firehouse) at a cost of roughly $5,000. Those 10 individuals then could train all other members of the village fire department.

In light of recent budget problems being discussed by Romano and the trustees, Lewis also noted how the efforts of so many volunteer firefighters every year are saving Ballston Spa large sums of money.

He estimated the annual cost of operating Eagle Matt Lee and Union Fire Company, as a fully funded municipal fire department, at between $4 million and $6 million.    

Prior to the presentation by Lewis, Trustee Noah Shaw prompted a long discussion about the village’s budget problems. He criticized how more than $2,000 would be spent on a 75-inch television for the Union firehouse to be used for “training” purposes, as stated in the meeting agenda.

Among other measures, Shaw proposed three related resolutions: one involving the village board’s approval of any expense over $2,500; the second for detailed explanations of expenses by village employees; and a third measure that would require Village Treasurer Christopher Hickey to be present at all board meetings.

But Shaw encountered resistance from Romano and Trustees Robert Cavanaugh and Stuart Hodsoll—and even members of the public in attendance.

Local resident Frank Rossi called Shaw’s proposals an attempt at “micromanagement” and part of “a grandiose plan to save the place.”

“In the end, it’s our responsibility to keep the village afloat,” Shaw responded. “We can adjust as we go along.” 

*Due to an editing error, this sentence was omitted from printed versions of Saratoga TODAY.

**The information was provided after a deadline had passed for inclusion in printed versions.     

Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:09

Milton Planners Give Condos Final Approval

(Left to right) Bruce and Tom Boghosian at Milton Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

MILTON – A proposal to build two residential buildings with 16 units each off Rowland Street, north of the Hannaford shopping plaza, received a final approval Wednesday from the Milton Planning Board.

The three-story structures, named Hilo LLC by Boghosian Bros Construction and Development in Saratoga Springs, will offer a total of 32 units and ample parking for residents. The first level of both buildings will contain parking spaces.  

“This will be fantastic,” offered Tom Boghosian after the unanimous planning board vote. He said construction is expected to start this summer, noting how the plans call for an extension of Trieble Avenue past Mavis Discount Tire as well as one new access road off Rowland Street.  

Boghosian said the Hilo condominiums will offer “a style of living that you see in Saratoga” at “a greatly reduced cost.”

He also noted how a grocery store, medical office and other businesses in the immediate surrounding area would offer Hilo residents plenty of opportunities to walk rather than drive.

Boghosian and his brother Bruce have developed several other projects near Milton town center, including part of the Hannaford plaza and a 20-unit condominium complex at the corner of Geyser Road and Greenfield Avenue.    

During a brief public hearing before the Feb. 14 vote, town resident Jim Staulters—who often attends public meetings and serves on town boards—claimed that the three-story Hilo structures would not “conform” to certain town codes; and that the project would fundamentally alter “the pearl of town center” along Rowland Street.

There also was a brief discussion among planning board members that sidewalks should be included on the north side of the Hilo building that would be situated farthest north. 

Front photo: The amazing samples at Next Door Kitchen and Bar. In photo gallery (left to right): Jessicakes owner Jessica Mayette in Two if by Sea Gallery; and multiple scenes from the Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Photos by Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association Executive Administrator Ellen Mottola and Wonky Studio and Gallery owner Matt Belskis; chocolate samples delivered to the judges' table by "runners"; and BSBPA President Stacy Simmons, Glenn Kopris, Trustee Noah Shaw, Victor DelNegro, "First Friday fanatic" Lanie, and Bill and Ellen Mottola. Photos by Larry Goodwin. 

BALLSTON SPA – The lure of so many delectable chocolate treats being doled out by their makers on a Friday night, with Valentine’s Day in sight, definitely attracts hundreds of people to this village. 

As part of a “First Friday” series supported every month by a diverse mix of village business owners, the Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival has raised awareness for five years now about some of the most mindful chocolate “chefs” in the area. 

With the aid of social media, the sweet samples that chefs share at this fun annual contest (for $1) have grown fast in popularity.

Perhaps the richest story, though, is the steady role played by the women and men of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA), who happily organized the Feb. 2 “Chocolate Fest” ahead of their group’s 35th anniversary next month.  

“We’re kind of like the Brooklyn to Saratoga’s Manhattan,” observed BSBPA Executive Administrator Ellen Mottola, who enjoyed Chocolate Fest with her husband Bill and the four other contest judges inside Creative Endeavors at 49 Front Street. “Each year it gets a little bigger,” she added. 

A total of 21 Ballston Spa businesses took part in this year’s event, hosting the chefs and allowing throngs of contented kids and adults to escape frigid temperatures and wait in long lines for various chocolate samples. 

The Candle Collective at 20 Prospect Street, which hosted Lucy’s Cupcake Corner, occupies space in one of several renovated brick structures that some village residents fondly remember as the Chocolate Factory.  

Most of the participating businesses are located in the heart of the village, on Milton Avenue (Route 50) and Front Street, so Chocolate Fest tends to inundate sidewalks and streets with pedestrians. That, in turn, causes traffic issues for nearly three hours.     

Still, the festival’s overall popularity seems to be growing—much like the 35-year-old “Chowderfest” in Saratoga Springs, which was held the next day.  

“I’ve been a busy lady,” reported Jessicakes owner Jessica Mayette, as she took advantage of a break in arrivals at about 7 p.m. last Friday to replenish a table adorned with her cute miniature cupcakes. 

Mayette made chocolate truffles, too, and her efforts had paid off by Monday when her treats won in the “dessert” category, according to the judges.

The BSBPA noted that the other contest winners were a “chocolate pulled pork with slaw” in the “savory” category, made by Sweeney’s; assorted desserts by Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes; and alcoholic shots with Oreo cookies in the “beverage” category, made by Henry’s Tavern at 19 Front Street.    

The Jessicakes samples were found in two Milton Avenue businesses: Corina Contemporary Jewelry and Fine Crafts and Two if by Sea Gallery. They are owned separately but happen to be connected by an unusual doorway through the wall. 

Mayette, before she had joked with a man holding two Coffee Planet cups if one was hers, explained that she prepared for Chocolate Fest until the early morning hours. “I’m tired,” she said, returning only seconds later to her table for more smiles and pleasant conversation.   

Vicki Brignati, owner of Alexander’s Bakery, had stacked her 400-plus samples neatly in containers near the front window of A Bead Just So across the street. Her son Owen provided loving assistance along with her sister and business partner, Kristen Poulin. 

While Brignati was busy greeting chocolate lovers and serving her cupcakes (complete with little hearts), Poulin emphasized the importance of products that are safe for the many people who struggle to manage food allergies.  

“She’s an excellent baker,” Poulin said. 

“The town was packed. The people were out and about, and they had a great time,” concluded Matt Belskis, owner of Wonky Studio and Gallery at 20 Washington Street. He hosted the chef from Adirondack Barkery, who sampled products for pets.    

This week, Belskis was proud to host his first BSBPA Networking Breakfast, which the group organizes every month at different village businesses. More than 20 people seemed delighted to eat and mingle Tuesday morning in his Wonky Studio space. 

The walls there display colorful drawings and paintings of local artists. Belskis, who recently joined the BSBPA, said he produced and handed out hundreds of black-and-white Chocolate Fest flyers, and that he encouraged children to color them.

“The one thing I’m about here is getting the kids off of computers and phones,” he admitted.  

Belskis said his brother, John, has owned Excellent Adventures Comics at 110 Milton Avenue for 21 years. 

(Belskis also made a point of noting how they both support a special benefit planned for Sunday, March 18, called the Albany Comic and Toy Show. The goal is to raise funds for a devoted comic fan named Justin Goldsmith, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and is in dire need of a lung transplant.) 

Graphic designer Joel A. Glastetter, owner of SillyCar Design, attended the breakfast and praised the BSBPA for revitalizing business opportunities in Ballston Spa.

At present, Glastetter said, he works out of his home but is contemplating the rental of office space in the village (he and this writer graduated in the same Ballston Spa High School class).  

Mottola, the BSBPA’s only paid staff member, has served as administrator since 2004. She organizes most of the networking breakfasts, while a group of five local women are the main decision-making officers. Another nine men and women comprise the BSBPA board of directors.

Small fees are paid at each network event. Also, Mottola explained, there are about 270 members of the BSBPA, paying three levels of annual dues: $150 for businesses; $50 for nonprofits; and $25 for residents.

Since the BSBPA was founded in 1983, according to President Stacy Simmons, successive officers and board members have ensured the group’s longevity. “They really laid a lot of beautiful groundwork for us,” Simmons said of her predecessors.

Members of the BSBPA are preparing next for a special anniversary Community Mixer and Annual Meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, March 19 at the Next Door Kitchen and Bar at 51 Front Street. 

Mottola says the BSBPA is “constantly an evolving organization” that wants people to experience “the whole community.”

Younger entrepreneurs, she added, seem to view Ballston Spa as more favorable to starting a business because they consider Saratoga Springs to be “out of reach.”

“That’s an exciting thing to be a part of,” Mottola said.  

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 22:13

Construction of New Gailor Road Homes Ahead

An aerial view of Gailor Road and Tawny Terrace in Wilton. Photo by

WILTON – On the first night of February, the Wilton Town Board unanimously approved the establishment of a special taxing district for a proposed housing subdivision south of Gailor Road, moving the project one step closer to actual construction.

Ryan Riper, the town’s director of engineering and planning, said he expects the Canyon Run Extension site plan to be presented at the Wilton Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, for a final vote of approval. 

The Queensbury-based developer Daniel Galusha and Sons will install drainage infrastructure and a new town road. Galusha then plans to start building 44 new homes, which will be located just west of the Adirondack Northway’s southbound lanes and across Gailor Road from existing homes on Tawny Terrace and Dakota Drive.

Normally, Riper explained, subdivision plans proceed through three formal stages: conceptual, preliminary and final.

A fourth stage—the town board’s approval of a new taxing district—was required for the Canyon Run Extension proposal to advance.

The Feb. 1 vote followed two years of drawn-out negotiations between town officials and Joe Dannible of the Environmental Design Partnership, who assists Galusha in preparing his site plans.

The inclusion of adequate storm water drainage in the affected area was one of several matters discussed.

Riper said that only the new homeowners in Canyon Run Extension will pay a $42 annual fee for the drainage district as part of their property tax bills. 

After last week’s vote, longtime Wilton Planning Board Chairman Michael Dobis offered that he views the Canyon Run Extension project in the context of a recent upswing in local development.

Progress seemed to stall in Wilton when the “building boom died” in the late 2000s, Dobis noted. “Over the last three years, things have really started picking up in the area,” he added.

Dobis said he is used to the “dirty looks” he observes among both local residents and fellow board members, whenever subdivision projects make their way through the approval process.

Dobis said his role, as the planning board chair, is to ensure that board members and local residents are equally “educated” and heard in regards to each specific proposal.  

“We’re here for the public. I have no problem if people ask reasonable questions,” Dobis said. “We want to make sure we get this right, and that there’s nothing left to chance.” 

Thursday, 08 February 2018 22:10

Malta Welcomes Two Women, Waits on Engineer

Director of Planning Jamie O’Neill (left) and Acting Director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Alyssa Benway after the Malta Town Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Photo by Larry Goodwin. 

MALTA – On Monday, town leaders expressed optimism as they officially approved the appointment of a new planning director. They also sought advice from both her and the acting director of the recreation department, regarding a perceived need for a new town engineer.  

The Malta Town Board voted unanimously in favor of appointing Director of Planning Jamie O’Neill, who has 16 years of related experience in Saratoga County.

Councilman Tim Dunn indicated that O’Neill is recognized statewide for her knowledge of open space and agricultural matters as they relate to planning processes.

“We were very happy and fortunate to get Jamie,” Supervisor Vince DeLucia said, noting how the planning department has been disrupted in recent months by unexpected staff vacancies. A planning position remains open and needs to be filled, he added. 

Yet, instead of more planners, Councilman John Hartzell opined that Malta should consider hiring an in-house engineer as a means to save money. The town now pays consulting fees for staff engineers at the Chazen Companies who are based in Troy.  

DeLucia, after inviting comments from O’Neill, agreed with her assessment that engineers and planners specialize in “two very difference disciplines.”

The supervisor also invited comments from Alyssa Benway, who was appointed as Malta’s Acting Director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services late last year after the retirement of Audrey Ball.

Benway has an engineering background following her education at Clarkson University.

Dunn made it clear that he opposes creating a new position for a town engineer in Malta, as neighboring towns have done, because he is “not comfortable doing this outside of the budget process” later this year.   

For his part, Malta Comptroller Kevin King recommended that board members must always consider the unpredictable budget impacts of fees paid by local builders.

“The big variable is just development,” King said. “It’s volatile. It’s based on the economy.” 

Thursday, 01 February 2018 22:29

Ballston Zoning Heats Up

The Ballston Town Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2017; and Ballston Councilman William Goslin. Photos by Larry Goodwin. 

BALLSTON – At least 60 people turned out for a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss comprehensive zoning changes that are being considered by the Ballston Town Board.

For the better part of an hour, Deputy Supervisor Joseph Whalen patiently called the names of local residents who signed up to speak.

Before proceeding with the board’s other agenda items, Whalen said he would leave open the public hearing due to the number of people in attendance.

Several speakers praised town board members for thoroughly preparing the proposed changes, which would update zoning codes in Ballston that have been in place for more than 10 years. The changes specify zoning codes for proper “buffers” from streams, subdivisions, the density of future construction projects, and more.

Other speakers made clear their displeasure with the proposed zoning changes.  

“I moved out here to enjoy the night sky,” explained Devil’s Lane homeowner David Marvin. But the increased light pollution and local traffic from construction projects are jeopardizing the charm and appeal of Ballston’s rural areas, he told the board.

Marvin faulted the town, planning and zoning boards for acting as a “rubber stamp” when each new development proposal is made. He said most large projects are being approved “regardless of what the residents want.”   

“I would like to make it as difficult as legally and humanly possible to make any further subdivisions of any property within the town of Ballston,” Marvin concluded. His comments prompted a loud round of applause.

“I am not interested in supporting your mistakes,” exclaimed Hop City Road resident Eileen Lofthouse, when she was called upon to address the board members.

Lofthouse handed out “glossy” flyers promoting new apartment communities that were recently built in the area, saying, “These places are empty. They do not fill up.”

She added: “You keep pushing our taxes up, we’ll be paying as much to stay in our homes as we would to go to these places.”

At that point, Councilman William Goslin was compelled to add his own comments to the record. 

“I’m very confused as to what some of these speakers are speaking about,” he said. “The zoning changes that we have proposed severely limit development in our town.”

In regards to a previous “planned unit development district” code that covered all of Ballston, Goslin explained, “we eliminated that in every place except Route 50.”

“The tax issue is something that really baffles me, because there’s no town highway tax and there’s no town tax. The zoning package that we passed is not what I’m hearing tonight,” the councilman added.  

According to Town Clerk Carol Gumienny, the new zoning language has received an initial approval by the town board but a final vote is required in the months ahead.

Details of the proposed zoning changes are posted in red lettering on the town’s website for public review (

The Ballston Town Board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in its main offices at 323 Charlton Road.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 22:28

More EPA Tests for Village Properties

BALLSTON SPA – The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicated this week that about a dozen homes near the abandoned Rickett’s dry-cleaning site on Doubleday Avenue will be subject to secondary “vapor intrusion” tests in the weeks ahead.  

In a statement, the EPA indicated that testing at 11 homes is necessary “to confirm that there have been no changes in the conditions at the properties” since a similar effort was made early last year.  

“Consistent with the previous sampling effort, the process will include the installation of air-sampling equipment and the subsequent collection of air samples from beneath and within the structures. The same 15 chemicals of concern will be analyzed,” the EPA added, specifying the “primary chemicals” of “trichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, and vinyl chloride.”

Results of the testing will be provided directly to homeowners, according to the EPA. 

Thursday, 01 February 2018 22:21

Wilton Elks Ramp Up Food Deliveries to Seniors

(Left to right) Saratoga-Wilton Elks Members Ed Decker, Ben Buffa, Marge Mohrmann and Gail Decker; and Wilton Food Pantry Director Peter Maynard. Photo by Deborah McCabe. 

WILTON – For months, members of the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 have discussed what they call “a critical need’ in the community: identifying and helping those seniors who can no longer drive themselves to the grocery store.

Last week, in partnership with St. Clement’s Church and the Wilton Food Pantry at 155 Ballard Road, the first 10 grocery deliveries were made as part of a new Senior Food Delivery Outreach Program managed by Elks member Ben Buffa.

“Qualifications for the program are that seniors must be 55 years or older, live in Saratoga County, meet certain income limits and not have access to reliable transportation,” the Elks reported in a statement.

Peter Maynard, director of the Wilton Food Pantry, said he expects regular grocery deliveries through the new program to increase from the current 10 to more than 40 within a couple of months.

“These are seniors who are not exactly doing really well,” Maynard explained, noting how tenants of rent-subsidized communities are the primary recipients.

“Each senior is given a menu of food items generally available,” the Elks statement indicated. “Food deliveries occur on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. These orders are picked up and delivered by volunteers of the Elks Lodge to the location’s community rooms between 1 to 2 p.m.”

Maynard expressed confidence that supplies are sufficient to accommodate the new Elks program.

Every year, he said, the Wilton Food Pantry obtains grocery items weighing “tens of thousands of pounds” through its own partnership with the Regional Food Bank in Latham. Three times a week, groceries are picked up at the Weibel Avenue Hannaford and supplemented as needed by the Latham branch.

“We’re in an enviable position of being resource-rich,” Maynard said.

In addition, the Wilton Town Board allocates more than $2,000 to the food pantry in its annual budget. Area churches and volunteer groups provide further support.  

Maynard shared statistics from 2017 showing that, in total, more than 660 “unique patrons” obtained grocery items at the Wilton Food Pantry. That number includes 76 seniors, 396 adults and nearly 200 children.

For more information, call Buffa at 518-480-7172 or visit

MALTA – On Monday, Feb. 5, the Malta Town Board is expected to officially vote on the selection of Jamie O’Neill for the position of Building and Planning Coordinator.

For several months, O’Neill has served in the town’s Planning Department, most recently as a senior planner. Her appointment followed the departure last year of Anthony Tozzi, and subsequent efforts to replace him that did not succeed.

Supervisor Vincent DeLucia said this week that six candidates made the final list for interviews. O’Neill’s new appointment is subject to a vote of approval Monday by the full town board.

O’Neill served for more than 16 years in the Saratoga County Planning Department. She has an abundance of knowledge in agriculture and open space, according to DeLucia.  

“That’s something our town has great interest in, especially with all of the growth and development here,” DeLucia said. O’Neill has “good background experience,” he added. 

Saratoga County Director of Planning Jason Kemper could not be reached for comment. 

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