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Crossgates Information

Finding straightforward information on the community versus Pyramid and their political allies can be difficult, but here's a rundown:

Weekly Publications The best and most informed source on Crossgates is the Altamont Enterprise, which comes out on Thursdays. Most of the other print media follow the Enterprise's lead in reporting. For some reason it is not sold inside the City of Albany, but it is readily available every where else, or call 861-5005 for a subscription, $24 a year. Metroland has kept a light but balanced eye on the situation, while the Capital District Business Review is heavily biased in favor of Pyramid.

Daily Publications The independent Daily Gazette has covered the story lamely, which is not surprising because they depend on Crossgates advertising revenue. The surprise is at the Hearst-owned Times Union, where several employees are rebelling against the corporation. Long time columnist Fred LeBrun has shown extraordinary principles by taking a strong stand against the expansion, even commenting on TV. We'll be watching to see if he loses his job over this. New reporter Kimberly Martineau has been gung-ho and enthusiastic about grass-roots opposition to Pyramid, but her corporate editors hack at her articles until they are unrecognizable.

Television and Radio Channel 10 News is the most informative and balanced, while channels 6 and 13 do the usual corporate media whitewash. Other stations don't seem to care. Guilderland Public Access is always loads of fun, except when Supervisor Yerbury orders segments cut that are critical of him personally. Town Board meetings are aired twice a week. AM radio coverage has been spotty, while FM has been nonexistent.

Internet The Guilderland Zoning Board of Appeals has put up a poorly constructed but informative website at which is supposedly paid for by Pyramid, and of course the place to get the real scoop is at Business Review articles can be found on the net, and the Hearst-owned Times Union has a large archive of articles, but they charge for each download.

Also, the Guilderland ZBA is supposedly putting out a "Crossgates Review" newsletter which is available to anyone who requests it, but when we called Town Hall no one seemed to know anything about it.

published Aug/September, 98 Newsletter

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