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LaGrange told The Enterprise that he plans to have a committee of eight to 12 residents up and running in a few months. The comprehensive-plan committee will start the process of considering the town's zoning and planning future by first reading and reviewing the 1994 comprehensive plan, he said. The 1994 plan, which may or may not have been approved, LaGrange said, should he up- dated every five years. (Continued on page 16) Moratorium gives R'ville citizens time to speak • By Melissa Hale-Spencer RENSSELAERVILLE — Town Hall was packed on New Year's Day as the town board's two Democrats differed sharply with the three Republicans on several key appointments for 2006. The town now has new legal counsel, a new constable, and a new planning- and zoning-board secretary; the post of clerk for the highway superintendent has been abolished. \One of the things I cam- paigned on was no conflicts of in- terest with anyone in the gov- ernment,\ the new Republican supervisor, Jost Nickelsberg, told The Enterprise after the meeting. He also said he was trying to en- courage involvement in the gov- ernment from a broader base in town. He is particularly looking for community involvement, Nick- elsberg said, as a building mora- torium goes into effect this month so the town can develop a comprehensive plan for its fu- ture. The two Democrats on the board — newly-elected Sherri Pine and six-year Councilman Gary Chase — had some con- cerns about the reorganizational meeting. \I was kind of blind-sided,\ said Chase, indicating he hadn't been told ahead of time what the (Co-htinued on Page 10) The Enterprise-Saranac Hale' Spencer \7b the best of my ability\: Former Lieutenant Carol Lawlor takes the oath of the newly-created office, deputy police chief, at Tuesday night's reorganization meeting at the Guilderland Tdwn Hall. Lawlor's son holds the Bible as she repeats the oath to Judge Anthony Cardona. Police post Lawlor town's first deputy chief By Jarrett Carroll GUILDERLAND — Guilderland has a new deputy in town, a new deputy police chief that is. Lieutenant Carol Lawlor, who has been with the Guilderland police for 27 years, was ap- pointed to the newly-created po- sition of deputy police chief last Tuesday during the town's an- nual reorganizational meeting. To much applause, Lawlor was introduced by Guilderland Police Chief James Murley and sworn in by Anthony Cardona, presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department.\ Murley introduced Lawlor as a loyal and trusted friend and said her promotion was \well earned, well deserved and a job well done.\ When The Enterprise asked earlier about Lawlor's new position, Murley called her a \very competent and confident administrator\ and said she was highly qualified for all of the po- sitions she has held with the Guilderland Police Department. \It's been long overdue; she's been basically doing the job al- ready,\ said Murley, referring to why he pushed the town board to create the position. When asked if Lawlor was being groomed for his job, Murley said that he has absolutely no plans for retire- ment. The police chief also said that he is not loosening his reigns so much as allowing someone else to take on more responsibil- ity and help manage the depart- ment more efficiently. \I know Carol won't let the new position go to her head,\ Murley said.during her introduc- tion as he spoke of her dedication to the department. After the warm introduction Lawlor walked to the center of the room but there was still one minor detail that remained be- fore she could be sworn in; the -town board had to vote on her t appointment. After a unanimous ' decision was quickly handed down, Cardona administered the oath of office followed by a roar of applause. Lawlor thanked Murley and her family, friends, and col- leagues as well as the town board that appointed her. The Meeting The Guilderland Town Hall was filled with various town of- ficials, members of the police de- partment and their families as well as Guilderland residents. Also there to witness and show their support for the ceremonial swearing in procession were some well-known Albany County Democrats. The Guilderland Democrats had made a clean sweep in the November elections — a first in the town's two-century history. Those in attendance included (Continued on Page 13) New Local tech park planned By Holly Grosch NEW SCOTLAND — New Scotland is poised to have its £jgl& Empire Zone, a' state-designated economic development area that Encourages growth through tax incentives. An application to the state is in the works for the 440-acre Vista Tech Park at the end of La- Grange Road, with 20 percent of the land in New Scotland and the rest in Bethlehem. The application organized by Albany County's economic de- velopment office has been backed by New Scotland'iTtown board, Bethlehem's town board and the county legislature. The state gave preliminary approval at.'the. end of 2004, said Sean Maguire Albany County's senior economic development planner. He administers the county's Em- pire Zone program, which started in 1998. Vista Tech Park The Vista Tech Park has been in the works since March of 2003 when the county's executive of- fice dedicated $1 million to its development. That summer, BBL Development Group was chosen by the county through a bidding process to develop the acreage into a technology cam- pus. William Herbert, the vice president of development for BBL, told The Enterprise last (Continued on page 17) Taser tussle Murley, Trimble differ on mall arrest By Jarrett Carroll GUILDERLAND — A shock- ing report of Taser abuse is being called \absolutely false\ by the Guilderland Police Department. In an incident last, month at Crossgatos Mall, a 34-year-old Albany man was arrested and subdued by a Taser gun. These facts are agreed upon by all ac- counts, but most of the agree- ment ends there. The arrest report written by Guilderland Police does not match an eye-witness account. 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