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Businesses along the Crane Street corridor in Mont Pleasant.
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Businesses along the Crane Street corridor in Mont Pleasant.
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Mohamed Hafez waited quietly for the board members to finish their business. In the fourth floor office of Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority, he looked anxious, like he might not get a chance to say what he had come to say. It was April 18, just a few weeks after he saw an article in the newspaper about the town of Niskayuna wanting to expand the Metroplex service district to more of its commercial areas. ...

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October 28, 2012
12:40 a.m.

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Public Authorities Law TITLE 28-B
ยง 2655. General purposes and powers of the authority.
8. To design, develop, plan, finance, create, site, construct,
renovate, administer, operate, manage and/or maintain such buildings,
parks, structures, and other facilities as may be necessary or
convenient, specifically, but not limited to:
(a) trade exhibition facilities;
(b) public show facilities;
(c) public entertainment facilities and parks;
(d) hotel and overnight accommodation facilities;
(e) transportation and parking facilities;
(f) historic preservation facilities and parks;
(g) tourism facilities and parks;
(h) sporting event facilities and parks;
(i) special entertainment facilities and parks;
(j) educational facilities and parks;
(k) cultural and social facilities and parks;
(l) infrastructure facilities;
(m) industrial and manufacturing facilities and parks; and/or
(n) business, commercial, retail, and/or government office space,
buildings and/or facilities;

See this post for the complete statute authorizing Metroplex:

As a governmental authority with the power to condemn land, initiate PILOT agreements, and tax the people regressively, the people should have control over its governance. We should not tolerate taxation without representation. All Authorities need to be elected, in order to be held accountable by the people.

If Metroplex were elected, they would be more responsive to the needs of the people.

October 28, 2012
10:06 a.m.

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The only people Metroplex themselves....with our accountability and the corruption of those leaders that support this entity....In full agreement Hodgkins...the only way to get rid of these snake oil salesmen is to get rid of the crooks we elected that support this taxes have not gone down one penny because of their actions. No accountability = corruption and criminal activity at it's highest level. They all need to be put in jail.