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July 30, 2013

Judge hears track opponents' arguments


Jacobs said the fans who flock to the 2.1-mile track — it opened in May — have been pumping about $60,000 each weekend into the local economy by frequenting local shops, restaurants and inns.

“It’s been a boon to the economy, not a boondoggle,” Jacobs said.

Zamelis said the court action seeks to have the New York Safety Track governed by a set of restrictions placed on it by Harpersfield town officials in 2011. The lawsuit challenges approvals issued by the town this year, arguing that town officials violated the open meeting law, even holding one session in secret with track manager Greg Lubinitsky in attendance while neighbors opposed to the project were kept out of the meeting room.

Zamelis also scoffed at Jacobs description of the site as the home of a former airport, contending it was merely a seldom-used “grass landing strip.”

Harpersfield Town Supervisor James Eisel, who is also the chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, has said he believes the track will help stimulate the local economy.

Judge Cerio is expected to act on the motions before him within 60 days.




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