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The Town Council is an elected body that enacts town legislation, holds hearings, and passes resolutions on matters involving town government. It is responsible for adopting the annual budget, adopting and amending the town code and broadly addressing issues of concern to the citizens. Salary for this position is $8,915 per year.
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    ADAM D GREENBERG (Dem, Ind, Con) Farmer, Property Manager

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    DANIEL M LEINUNG (Dem, Ind, Con) Attorney

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What have you done that qualifies you for this position?

If you are elected, what would you like to accomplish during your term in office?

Campaign Phone (518) 458-2318
Community Involvement I'm involved in numerous Town groups and committees. I sit on our Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, New Scotland Hamlet Zoning Committee, Hilton Barn Committee, the Town's Audit Committee, Member of the Guilderland PTA, and served on the New Scotland Zoning Board of Appeals for 14 years.
Experience and Qualifications I am an incumbent and have served on the New Scotland Town Board for two years. In that time, I have been the liason from the Board to the Building Department, Zoning Board of Appeals, Emergency Services, Audit Committee, and have worked closely with the Town Court. I have also been through two Town budget negotiations and played an important role in keeping our budget well below the tax cap.
Biography I'm a lifelong resident of the Town of New Scotland, and am raising my three children here. After attending Voorheesville schools, I went on to graduate from Dartmouth College in the class of 1989. Since then, I have property managed , and general contracted, as well as maintained our family farm.
Occupation and Special Skills Through my property management and building background I have accumulated many useful skills I apply to my decision making regarding Town issues. From any Town building projects, to zoning and planning issues, to budgets, my background provides important experience.
I have served on the New Scotland Town Board for two years and in that time have accomplished a lot. I worked hard to save and move one of our most recognizable historical structures, the Hilton Barn. By moving that along the Albany County Rail Trail, the Town has created a valuable public space that now includes the addition of a 14 acre park. Before running for the Town Council, I served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for fourteen years, chairing it for the last four. This time granted me extensive knowledge of the Town's zoning laws and districts, as well as a deep understanding of the State Enviromental Quality Review Act which helps guide all Town zoning and planning decisions. My career in property management and building, as well as running our family farm, also gives me a unique background which helps to inform my decisions.
My focus in office so far has been on planning and zoning issues, preserving open space, developing the New Scotland portion of the Albany County Rail Trail, and keeping taxes low. I developed and sponsored our town's solar law which streamlines the process of solar development in our town. I also introduced our notifications law which expands the town's responsibility in keeping our residents apprised of town actions that will affect them. If I'm reelected I'd like to expand on these areas of interests. I'd like to pass an updated comprehensive plan for the town, finish rezoning of our commercial district, continue to renovate the Hilton Barn and transform it into a useful public space, and further enhance the rail trail and the Hilton Park that abuts it. Finding creative ways to preserve open space in the town is also a major priority as is bringing high speed internet access to all town residents. Of course, continuing to keep the town's taxes low is always a priority.
Community Involvement Member - New Scotland Democratic Committee Member - New Scotland Planning Board Member - New Scotland Hamlet Development District Study Committee Member - Congregation Beth Emeth
Experience and Qualifications New Scotland Planning Board New Scotland Hamlet Development District Study Committee
Biography I am currently an attorney working for the New York State Senate on Health, Mental Health and Substance abuse policy and legislation and currently serve on the New Scotland Planning Board. I live between Feura Bush and Clarksville with my wife Kellie and 2.5 year old, Ben.
Occupation and Special Skills Attorney, specializing in Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse policy for the New York State Senate.
Website, facebook page or other links https://www.facebook.com/leinungfornewscotland/#
I have served on the New Scotland Planning Board for several years now, which has exposed me to many pressing issues facing the town, including the new residential developments going up throughout the town. I have also served on the Hamlet Development District Study Committee that is looking at the new zoning overlay for the intersection of Rt. 85 and Rt. 85A. This has allowed me to get an in-depth look at the current state of New Scotland's zoning code, and allowed me to see where improvements need to be made in the current code. I am also an attorney for the New York State Senate whose job duties include drafting legislation, which may be useful for the drafting of any new town laws that may be needed.
I am running for Town Council to continue the good work the town has done in encouraging smart and planned development while protecting open space and expanding parkland for town residents. With all of the development going on in town, it is important that the town use smart growth principles to ensure that New Scotland's unique small town character is maintained. We can do this by concentrating development in areas that already have more concentrated development while preserving farm land and open spaces in other areas of the town. Future residential development must also include housing options available for varying income levels.

I would also like to continue to keep property taxes within the tax cap, which the Town Board has accomplished since the creation of the tax cap several years ago. I also want to promote open, transparent and responsive town government that listens to the concerns of town residents.
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