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Save the Pine Bush Turns 46 Years Old!

Save the Pine Bush Turns 46 Years Old!

by Lynne Jackson Forty-six years ago, Save the Pine Bush came into being. On February 6, 1978, the Albany City Planning Board scheduled a public hearing on four developments in the Pine Bush: the Dunes, Pinehurst, Pine Circle, and a development by Charles Touhey. However, it snowed that day. It snowed so much that the offices of the New York State government were closed by the governor and stayed closed the next day. Just because the entire city was shut…

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John Wolcott, historian, preservationist, activist, and fierce advocate for the Pine Bush, dies at 90

John Wolcott, historian, preservationist, activist, and fierce advocate for the Pine Bush, dies at 90

ALBANY, NY: It is with great sadness that Save the Pine Bush learned of the passing of John Wolcott of Albany, NY, Thursday afternoon, August 17.  John was a founding member of  Save the Pine Bush in 1978.  He was a plaintiff on every lawsuit filed by Save the Pine Bush. Born September 22, 1932, John passed away a few weeks shy of his 91st birthday. John was an expert map-maker and researcher.  He discovered evidence of a forgotten foot path through the Pine…

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John Wolcott, passionate advocate for Albany Pine Bush, dies

John Wolcott, passionate advocate for Albany Pine Bush, dies

A founding member of Save the Pine Bush in 1978, Wolcott was a month shy of his 91st birthday when he passed away Thursday ALBANY — John Wolcott, a passionate long-time defender of preserving the Pine Bush ecosystem, self-proclaimed Albany historian, and thorn in the side of developers and government officials for decades, died this past week. Wolcott, a founding member of Save the Pine Bush in 1978, was a month shy of his 91st birthday when he passed away…

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John Wolcott Obituary

John Wolcott Obituary

COLONIE – John Wolcott, a rebel with a cause, a purveyor of justice and the truth, died August 17, 2023, a month before his 91st birthday. He is now walking the Glory Road with Jesus. John was a genius who had a photographic memory. He was a beautiful calligrapher and made his own Christmas cards each year. He was a self-taught person who knew how to use maps to locate many details. He was an all or nothing person, which…

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Update on Costcos and IDA Tax Breaks – June 28 2023

Update on Costcos and IDA Tax Breaks – June 28 2023

Dear All, Yesterday, members of Save the Pine Bush and the Guilderland Coalition for Responsible Growth spoke with Channel 6 prior to the Guilderland Industrial Development Agency meeting. Afterward, we went into the IDA meeting. To my great surprise, at the beginning of the meeting, the chair announced that no decision would be made that evening regarding giving tax breaks or acquiring the roads through eminent domain. Instead, the IDA board had written a series of 12 questions. The board…

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Guilderland Coalition for Responsible Growth, Save the Pine Bush, and Mothers Out Front object to tax abatement and donation of roads through eminent domain for Pyramid Corporation

Guilderland Coalition for Responsible Growth, Save the Pine Bush, and Mothers Out Front object to tax abatement and donation of roads through eminent domain for Pyramid Corporation

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2023 For Further Information: Contact Robyn Gray at (518) 727-6841 or Lynne Jackson at (518) 366-7324   Press Advisory – Tuesday, June 27, 6:45 PM  Guilderland Coalition for Responsible Growth, Save the Pine Bush, and Mothers Out Front object to tax abatement and donation of roads through eminent domain for Pyramid Corporation GUILDERLAND, NY: The Guilderland Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is scheduled to make a decision at their meeting on Tuesday, June 26 regarding tax abatement…

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Costco Press Conference, May 31, 2023

Costco Press Conference, May 31, 2023

Dear All, The press conference by Save the Pine Bush, Mothers Out Front and the Guilderland Coaltion for Responsible Growth was well attended.  Below are links to articles from the Altamont Enterprise, Channel 10 and Channel 6. Today, the Times Union published an article by Chris Churchill, “Guilderland shouldn’t fall for Costco scam”.  Here is a link to that article that everyone should be able to open: https://www.timesunion.com/churchill/article/chris-churchill-guilderland-shouldn-t-fall-18135472.php?utm_source=marketing&utm_medium=copy-url-link&utm_campaign=article-share&hash=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGltZXN1bmlvbi5jb20vY2h1cmNoaWxsL2FydGljbGUvY2hyaXMtY2h1cmNoaWxsLWd1aWxkZXJsYW5kLXNob3VsZG4tdC1mYWxsLTE4MTM1NDcyLnBocA==&time=MTY4NjA1NTgzNTYzOQ==&rid=NGM3YzAxMmMtNTc4OC00YjE0LTk0ZDctM2I2MmI5MmY0NzBk&sharecount=MQ== The next meeting regarding the proposed tax breaks and eminent domain for…

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Press Conference, Public Hearing on Pyramid Crossgates’ request for tax abatement for proposed Costco

Press Conference, Public Hearing on Pyramid Crossgates’ request for tax abatement for proposed Costco

Dear All, On Wednesday, May 31, the Guilderland IDA is holding a public hearing on Crossgates Releasco (Pyramid Corporation) request for tax abatement and donation of roads through eminent domain for the proposed Costco. If you wish to comment on the project, here are things you can do: Here is a link to the proposed tax abatement and eminent domain:https://www.townofguilderland.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif7546/f/uploads/costco_-amended_ida_application_with_attachments_5.16.23-c.pdf Hope to see you at the press conference and the hearing! Thanks so much,Lynne JacksonFor Save the Pine Bush

PRESERVE NOT FEELING THE BURN

PRESERVE NOT FEELING THE BURN

Handling fire can be dangerous, something the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission knows only too well. In April 1999, a controlled burn at the pine barren that straddles Albany, Guilderland and Colonie blazed out of control, scorching 75 acres and shutting down the New York Thruway for several hours because of smoke. No homes or private property were in jeopardy and the burns have continued, but officials are careful about when and where. And the conditions this spring haven’t been…

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The Costco Public Hearing & Climate Change

The Costco Public Hearing & Climate Change

GUILDERLAND: What better way to celebrate Earth Week than attending a public hearing? The Town of Guilderland Zoning Board of Appeals is holding a public hearing on giving a special use permit to Pyramid for the proposed Costco to be built near Crossgates Mall. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 PM at the Guilderland Town Hall, 5209 Western Tpk, Guilderland, NY. Pyramid is proposing an approximate 163,000 square feet Costco wholesale retail facility, including an…

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Proposed Development in Colonie

Proposed Development in Colonie

by Lynne Jackson COLONIE, NY: The Town of Colonie Planning Board voted to recommend the rezoning of an 11.89 acre site at 4232 Albany Street from industrial to single-family residential after a public hearing on January 10. Five people spoke in opposition, four were from Save the Pine Bush. The rezoning would allow for construction of two houses on the property. The site is adjacent on two sides by land in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and the Albany Pine…

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Visiting the Legislature

Visiting the Legislature

by Lynne Jackson ALBANY, NY: On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Save the Pine Bush volunteers attended the Albany County Legislature’s budget hearing. At the 17 minute hearing, only eight people spoke. Seven of us spoke about the Pine Bush Preservation! I will admit to be surprised that so few people attended and spoke at the hearing about Albany County’s budget of over $700 million. After the hearing, William Clay came over to speak with us. He is the legislator for…

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Pine Bush Preserve adds 15 acres

Pine Bush Preserve adds 15 acres

Reprinted From The Altamont Enterprise on Friday, January 6, 2023 ALBANY COUNTY — The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission announced on Friday that it has acquired 15.1 more acres of land in Colonie to add to the 3,400-acre preserve. The property was purchased from a willing seller late in 2022, the release said, noting Colonie dedicated 41 acres to the preserve last February, creating an area of nearly 120 connected acres of protected land in western Colonie. “The goal is…

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30×30 – Let’s Buy All of the Remaining Pine Bush!

30×30 – Let’s Buy All of the Remaining Pine Bush!

by Lynne Jackson ALBANY, NY: Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation (A.5390B/S.6191A) that sets the goal to conserve at least 30 percent of U.S. land and water by 2030. This legislation will promote biodiversity and preserve New York’s wildlife, forests, and clean water sources, which are all essential to New York’s health and economy. Governor Kathy Hochul said, “New Yorkers rely on our clean water for recreation, forests to provide wildlife habitats, and the outdoor spaces for jobs and adventures,” It’s…

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Reszin Adams Documentary Event – January 25, 2022 5:30 PM

Reszin Adams Documentary Event – January 25, 2022 5:30 PM

There will be a party at Glenn Peter Jewelers on Wednesday January 25, 1544 Central Avenue to celebrate 10 years of Focus on Albany in addition to 90+ years of Rezsin Adam‘s life. Russell and I will be continuing the work we started before Covid to do a Documentary on Rezsin. So please come on January 25 between the hours of 5 30 and 7 30 pm and share both your Focus on Albany thoughts as well as your thoughts…

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Save the Pine Bush Action Alert!

Save the Pine Bush Action Alert!

Save the Pine Bush Action Alert! Action Alerts! December, 1998/January 1999 Albany Residents – Call/Write To Your Alderman to Oppose the Drumlin Fields Office Complex Capital District Residents – Call/Write to Local Elected Officials Please call/write to Oppose these Guilderland and Albany Developments ACTION ALERT!! Write or Call Your State Legislators Today Ask for Money to Buy Pine Bush Your Voice Makes a Big Difference! The New York State Budget is being prepared and it’s that time of year when…

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Save the Pine Bush

Save the Pine Bush

Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. A Sense of Wonder one-woman play about the life and work of Rachel Carson “A Sense of Wonder,”is a one-woman play about the life and work of Rachel Carson, will be performed at RPI’s Chapel and Cultural Center (2125 Burdett Avenue, Troy). Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and zoologist whose book Silent Spring (1962) alerted the world to the dangers of chemical pesticides. She has been called “the patron saint of the environmental movement.”…

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Save the Pine Bush Lost Good Friends – Jim Travers, Save the Pine Bush Volunteer

Save the Pine Bush Lost Good Friends – Jim Travers, Save the Pine Bush Volunteer

ALBANY, NY: Lynne Jackson was asked to speak at Jim’s memorial service. Here are her edited comments. Jim was a passionate advocate for the environment. With Save the Pine Bush, he worked tirelessly opposing the expansion of the Albany Landfill in the Pine Bush. But, he especially worked to stop the City of Albany from operating a landfill on 361 acres of beautiful woodland in the Town of Coeymans, where he lived. Jim read and researched landfills extensively. He knew…

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