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Coeymans voters to decide town hall, term extension propositions in November

Oct 27, 2022 1:00 am

Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Capital Region Independent Media when Coeymans voters go to the polls this fall, they will determine the outcome of two referendums on the ballot — whether the town should build a new town hall and whether the town supervisor’s term should be doubled, from two to four years. The town hall proposition calls for the construction of a new building at 18 Russell Avenue. The Coeymans Town Board in July voted to erect a new building, but a petition was subsequently circulated and sufficient signatures collected to have the issue put to the voters in November. Under the proposition, the town is asking for approval to build a “two-story, approximately 12,000-square-foot building at 18 Russell Ave. ..., including the demolition of the existing town hall building, related site work, and original furnishings and equipment required for such purpose,” according to the ballot proposition. The project cost is capped at $7 million, with the town financing a portion in an amount not to exceed $4 million. Republican Town Supervisor George McHugh argues that building a new town hall would replace an “aged, outdated and inadequate town hall building,” and would be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Office of Court Administration. Cindy Rowzee, a town board candidate on the Democratic ticket, organized the collection of petition signatures to force the issue to a vote. She wants more details on the plan and how the money would be spent before the town moves forward with the project. If the second proposition — to extend the town supervisor's term — is approved by voters, the change would be effective January 1, 2024, and would not affect McHugh's current term. The town supervisor currently serves a two-year term, while town board members, Ravena mayor and village trustees, all serve four-year terms. Voting begins Oct. 29 this year, and ends Nov. 8. Read more at TheUpStater [dot] com.