Jamieson to stay on as supervisor through budget season

He will continue until his sentencing on Nov. 20


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  • Home Towers LLC Regional Manager Vincent Xavier (left), pictured with town engineer Al Fusco, wants to build a new wireless tower that would generate revenue for the town (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • Attorney Ben Ostrer was peppered with questions following his comments questioning the wisdom of the town owning a performing arts center (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




  • The Chester town board at its Sept. 26 meeting, from left: Councilman and Deputy Supervisor Robert Valentine, Councilwoman Cindy Smith, Town Clerk Linda Zappala, Supervisor Alex Jamieson, and Councilman Ryan Wensley (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)




By Frances Ruth Harris

— Alex Jamieson said he will continue as supervisor and budget officer until his sentencing on Nov. 20 in Albany County Criminal Court.

He made the announcement at the Sept. 26 town board meeting.

Jamieson is obligated to resign his position as part of a plea agreement that reduces his sentence for workman's compensation fraud to two misdemeanors.

He predicted there will be at least two openings on the board because Councilman Brendan Medican is moving out of the area.

The town board will appoint their replacements.

Jamieson said he's heard what’s being said “out there” and wanted to make it clear that he never stole from the town.

During his last week's as supervisor he'll be working on the budget. The preliminary budget, which includes the wish list from each town department, shows a 9 percent increase. Jamieson said. But he said that margin will be whittled down after he meets with department heads.

Librarian Mareen Jagos of the Chester Public Library said Jamieson made an erroneous statement a few meetings ago, when he said taxes would increase if the library proposal passed on Nov. 6. Jagos said voters should feel free to say "yes" to the library proposal, which will entail no new library tax.

In other businessGreens builds pavilion — Jamieson said that The Greens of Chester is paying for the new pavilion at Carpenter Field. The town priced the pavilion installation two years ago at $ 58,000, which was beyond what the town could afford at the time.

Center buy questioned — Attorney Ben Oster questioned forging ahead with projects, like the proposal to buy the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, without getting a bond resolution first. Jamieson said in an email: “The bond resolution will be for $1.1 million dollars, which will be used for the purpose of purchasing the Sugar Loaf PAC. As stated last night by Mr. Valentine, the town will put this measure to a vote for the public to decide this November. We were asked by bond council to insure we had a contract in place before the bond resolution was adopted.” Jamieson said properties to be purchased for preservation will be listed separately on the ballot.

New wireless tower pitched — Homeland Towers LLC Regional Manager Vincent Xavier wants to lease town-owned land in the southeastern part of Chester for a new wireless tower that would have a footprint of 75 square feet, be 180 feet high, and offer space at the top for municipal use. One-third of the revenue from the tower will go to the town. The board will ask its attorney to review the proposal.





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