A special-use permit to allow non-residential development along Troy-Schenectady Rd in a low-density residential zoned area is the sole issue before the town board regarding the Holocaust memorial. It’s not whether the memorial has a nice design or if/how the Holocaust should be remembered or even what percentage of town residents are of Jewish faith/heritage. None of that matters.
Would the average person take a school bus of children to an open-air facility with inadequate bathroom facilities, no potable water and no safe means of egress onto a major highway to see a couple non-interactive kiosks and a rail car with photos/facts about the Holocaust? Of course not. Is that what the average person would consider a “religious education facility”? Of course not.
Why does Dr. Lozman not have the full support of the Jewish community in his efforts? With $1.4 million and support for the idea of a Holocaust memorial sure to raise more, surely something grander could be achieved.
A Holocaust Memorial and education facility simply belongs elsewhere — an already public park or museum or similar non-residential space.
Does the town board really want to throw away 20-plus years of work and careful preservation of the Troy-Schenectady corridor in Niskayuna and set a precedent for other non-residential development? I ask all residents of Niskayuna to consider this: What would you rather live next to in 10 years, a 24/7 gas station, a strip mall or an old historic farmhouse on several acres of land?
Residents, please contact the town board. Do you want to pay the “highest taxes in the region” not to have your voice heard and let outsiders influence our elected officials?