Opened on May 11, 2012
ARTICLE II of Chapter 138, “Prohibition Against Waste Generated Outside of Town,” was adopted in 1995 to protect Coeymans from the detrimental effects of environmental degradation, such as the proposed Albany landfill. The legislative declaration reads, “A clean, wholesome, attractive environment is declared to be of importance to the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the Town of Coeymans…It is further declared that the importation of solid waste generated…from outside of town to any site within the town is a hazard to such health, safety and welfare…”
The Coeymans Town Board is considering a proposal to amend the law to permit unspecified “recyclables” to be imported into Coeymans. This proposed amendment is poorly drafted, ambiguous, and conflicts with other provisions of the law and the Town of Coeymans Comprehensive Plan. The location of current and proposed activity is environmentally sensitive and borders on a culturally and historically important residential area and watershed, and lies immediately adjacent to the Riverview Baptist Church, the last remaining house of worship in historic Coeymans. Heavy truck traffic and noise within a densely populated residential area has already adversely impacted the Town of Coeymans and Village of Ravena.
Existing laws protecting citizens from environmental degradation must be maintained and enforced. Therefore, we, the undersigned strongly urge the Town Board to reject any changes to Article II of Chapter 138.