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Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates Records

1979-1984

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Abstract

Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates (CCAC) was organized as an informal group opposed to the construction of the Pyramid Crossgates mall in the summer of 1979.

Summary

Creator:
Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates
Date Coverage:
1979-1984
Quantity:
5.05 cubic ft. (about 5.05 boxes)

Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates (CCAC) was organized as an informal group opposed to the construction of the Pyramid Crossgates mall in the summer of 1979. The group developed into a coalition of concerned residents that at one time had over three thousand members from the Town of Guilderland and neighboring communitites. Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates sought to preserve the rural and residential character of their town.

The administration of CCAC consisted of President Rhonda Childs, Treasurer Mary circa Phillips, and a Board of Directors which included the following members: Gregory R. Bell, Margaret McKinley, Donald J. Reeb, Drew Hartyell, and Anita Kershaw. Rhonda Childs and Mary circa Phillips continued as President and Treasurer until CCAC disbanded in 1984 when Crossgates was under construction.

CCAC was involved in hearings and suits against the Town of Guilderland Zoning, Planning, and Conservation Advisory Boards from 1979 to 1983. They initiated a lawsuit on September 18, 1981 against Robert F. Flacke, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Town of Guilderland Zoning Appeals Board, the Albany County Planning Board, and David Axelrod, M.D., Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, to overturn the decision made by the Water Merger Vote of August 27, 1980. CCAC was concerned that the construction of Crossgates would lead to a violation of Department of Health regulations protecting the watershed of McKownville.

CCAC was also involved as an intervenor in the 1981 Pyramid application for a special use permit for traffic and parking relief in the Town of Guilderland. From 1979 to 1982, CCAC was involved in a series of suits against Robert F. Flacke, individually and as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Two of the attorneys that represented CCAC during the lawsuits are Joel H. Sachs, of Plunkett and Jaffe, P.C., and George A. Rowland.

[1] Legal Papers. Water Merger: CCAC suit appealing Water Merger Vote, 1979, 1981-1982.

[2] Legal Papers. CCAC v. Robert F. Flacke, Volume 1, 1982.

The records of Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates include subject files, legal papers, exhibits for hearings before the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and News Clippings. Due to the informal nature of CCAC, the collection does not contain meeting minutes or correspondence of leaders in the organization, that would indicate the development of strategy.

CCAC's campaign against Crossgates Mall is documented by fliers, ads, election material, speeches, and legal documents supporting the suits that CCAC filed against the Town of Guilderland, Department of Environmental Conservation, and Robert F. Flacke. Other documents include permits, briefs, decisions, attorneys' correspondence, hearing submissions, and related material.

Several collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives provide further information about the construction of Crossgates Mall including the Crossgates Regional Shopping Mall Collection (APAP-067) and the records of Save the Pine Bush (APAP-125). A complete list of related collections is available at the subject guide for Conservation and the Environment.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically; series 3 is arranged by exhibit number; series 4 is arranged chronologically.

  • Series 1: Subject Files, 1969, 1971, 1974-1983, 1985-1986.
  • Series 2: Legal Papers, 1964, 1972, 1974, 1977-1983.
  • Series 3: DEC Exhibits, 1973, 1979-1980.
  • Series 4: News Clippings, 1975, 1977-1985, 1987.

All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Lindsay Childs.

Processed by: Lisa Selander in 2013.

Collection record created by: Thomas Hibbs

Published: April 18, 2013.

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates Records, 1979-1984. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 1.5 cubic ft. (about 1.5 boxes)
Arranged alphabetically.
This series contains correspondence generated or received by Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates, petitions, fliers and ads relating to CCAC meetings, lists of CCAC speaking engagements and witnesses for CCAC. Also included are folders on the canidates for the 1980 Town of Guilderland elections. This series also contains data gathered on traffic at other malls and literature relating to residential property values.
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11CCAC Correspondence1979-1981

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12CCAC Correspondence1981-1982

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13CCAC Correspondence, Legal1979-1980

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14CCAC Correspondence, Legal1979-1982

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15CCAC Correspondence, Legal1981-1983

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16CCAC Correspondence concerning water permit1980

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17CCAC Correspondence from the town people1979-1980

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18CCAC "Stop X Gate" Button.Undated

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19Crossgates: Cartoonca. 1980

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110Crossgates: Effect on existing malls1979-1980

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111Crossgates: Grand opening of Jordan Marsh and Filene's1985 July 25

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112Crossgates: Magazines1985

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113Environmental Information1974, 1978-1981

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114Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Peter Berle, Resignation1978, 1980

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115Fliers, ads, etc. of CCAC1979-1982

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116Fliers, ads, etc. of CCAC1979-1983

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117Gary Nelson, Planning and Management consultant1980

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118Guilderland Democratic Party1980

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119Industrial Development Agency papers1981-1982

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120Laws and regulations1978

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121Letters from the public to CCAC regarding Crossgates1981

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122Malls: Construction photographsca. 1980

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123Malls: General discussions1980-1982

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124Malls: Public policy1979-1980

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125McKownville becoming a village, Ideas1980

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126Noise pollution and Danny Driscoll1978, 1980

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127Petitions from people opposed to Crossgates1979

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128Pro-mall letters to CCAC1979-1981

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129Property valuation studies and correspondence1979-1984

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130Public hearing information of CCAC1980

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131Pyramid Company, Background information1979-1980

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132Real Property Tax, Exemptions1976, 1979-1980

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133Residential property values, literature1977-1980

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134Speeches and appearances of CCAC1979-1980

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135Stores interested in Crossgates1979-1980

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136Suburban Growth Theory1980, 1983, 1986

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137Traffic data on other malls1977, 1979-1980

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138Traffic references1971, 1978-1980

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139Town of Guilderland Election materials1979, 1980, 1981

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21Town of Guilderland Election: Anne Gafney1980

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22Town of Guilderland Election: Gordon Cannon1980

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23Town of Guilderland Election: John Shea1980

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24Town of Guilderland Election: Lindsy Childs1980

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25Town of Guilderland Master Plan1969, 1975, 1980-1982

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26Town of Guilderland related papers1979-1981

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27Town of Guilderland: Testimony of Margaret McKinley1978, 1980

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28Town of Guilderland: Town Board meetings and correspondence1978-1980

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29Town of Guilderland: Traffic Data1981

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210V. Zappala & Co. v. Pyramid Co., 1981 and Interstate Properties v. Pyramid Co.1981

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211Witnesses for CCAC.1979-1980
Quantity: 1.75 cubic ft. (about 1.75 boxes)
Arranged alphabetically.
This series includes copies of Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) commissioned studies on the impact of Crossgates on the environment, society, and wildlife. This series also contains draft environmental impact statements, documentation for water merger appeals, and copies of Zoning Board records. Included in this series are 14 folders of maps that show plans for improvements on the mall site and surrounding area. There are nine folders containing documentation of CCAC suits against Robert F. Flacke.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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212DEC Air Quality Analysis (DOT)1982

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213DEC Applicant's response to 11/28/80 DEC decision1981 February 9

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214DEC Briefs, Applications of Pyramid Crossgates Company1980

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215DEC Briefs, decisions, post-decision and correspondence1980

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216DEC Correspondence and final decision1981

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217DEC Environmental Conservation, actual permits1981

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218DEC Environmental Conservation cases pertaining to other malls1979, 1980, 1982

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219DEC Environmental Conservation, final submissions1981-1982

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220DEC Environmental Conservation Law, reform of part 6211981

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221DEC Environmental Conservation Law, reform of part 6241981

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222DEC Environmental Conservation Law, briefs and correspondence1981

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223DEC Environmental Conservation notices1979-1980

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224DEC Hearing submissions related to testimony before DEC1979-1980

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225DEC Interrogatories1980

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226DEC Reply briefs in regard to application of Pyramid Co., DEC case 401-09-S0021980 September 28

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227DEC Subpoenas of DEC officials during hearings1980

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228DEC Summary of Facts submitted by Pyramid Co. to Judge Dickerson in connection with applications for permits from DEC1980

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229Maps: Layout Plan1979 May 30

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230Maps: Profiles (of detention ponds)1979 May 30

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231Maps: Drainage Area Map-before development1979 May 30

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232Maps: Plan and Profile1979 June 12

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233Maps: U.S. Route 20-Highway Improvement Plan1979 October 16

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234Maps: Washington Ave. Extension and Fuller road I-90 ramps, Highway Improvement Plan1979 October 17

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235Maps: Utilities Plan1979 October 17

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236Maps: Air Quality Data Plan1979 October 17

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237Maps: Drainage Area Map--after development1979 October 17

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238Maps: Highway Maintenance and Jurisdiction Plan, Alternative 41979 November 08

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239Maps: U.S. Route 20--Highway Improvement Plan1981 July 07

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240Maps: U.S. Route 20--Highway Improvement Plan1981 July 17

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241Maps: Highway Maintenance and Jurisdiction Plan1979 November 08

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242Maps: Town of Guilderland1981 March 05

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243Environment: Draft Environmental Impact statement1979

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244Environment: Environmental Assessment Form (EAF), Pyramid Co. application, Part 11979 May 30

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245Environment: Draft Environmental statement, incomplete1979-1980

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31Studies on the impact of Crossgates on the environment--air (Part l) 1978-1980
Study completed for the Crossgates Group

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32Studies on the impact of Crossgates on the environment--air (Part ll) 1978-1980
Study completed for the Crossgates Group

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33Studies on the impact of Crossgates on the environment-air (Part lll) 1978-1980
Study completed for the Crossgates Group

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34Studies on the impact of Crossgates on the environment--society 1979
Study completed for the Crossgates Group

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35Studies on the impact of Crossgates on the environment--wildlife 1979
Study completed for the Crossgates Group

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36Studies on the impact of Crossgates on the traffic 1980
Study completed for the Crossgates Group

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37Studies on the impact of the economy 1977
Study completed for the Crossgates Group

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38Water Merger information1964, 1974, 1978, 1980

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39Water Merger vote1980

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310Water Merger: CCAC suit appealing water merger vote1972, 1980-1982

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311Water Merger : CCAC suit appealing water merger vote1979, 1981-1982

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312Water Merger: Suit appealing water merger vote1980

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313Water Merger: Suit appealing water merger vote1980

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314Water Merger: Suit appealing water merger vote1982-1983

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315Zoning Board of Appeals, CCAC correspondence1981

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316Zoning Board of Appeals, correspondence1981

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317Zoning Board of Appeals, minutes of proceeding1981 September 09

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318Zoning Board: Pyramid's applications before the Zoning Board1981

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319Zoning Board: Susan Foster, concerning special permit for zoning1981

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320Zoning Board: Albany Co. Planning Board, zoning and subdivision reviews and correspondence1981

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321Zoning Board: CCAC v. Guilderland about rezoning1980, 1981-1982

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322Zoning Board: CCAC suit against Town of Guilderland Zoning Board1980-1982

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323Zoning Board of Appeals suit, Pyramid v. ZBA, October and November1981

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324Zoning Board papers, suit1980-1982

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41CCAC v. Robert F. Flacke and William J. Dickerson, Supreme Court1979-1980

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42CCAC suit against Robert F. Flacke, DEC1981

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43CCAC suit against Robert F. Flacke, Supreme Court1980-1981

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44CCAC suit against Robert F. Flacke, Supreme Court1981

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45CCAC v. Robert F. Flacke, Supreme Court decision1982

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46CCAC v. Robert F. Flacke, Appelate1980-1982

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47CCAC v. Robert F. Flacke, Court of Appeals1982

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48CCAC v. Robert F. Flacke, volume 11982

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49CCAC v. Robert F. Flacke, volume 21982
Quantity: 1.0 cubic ft. (about 1.0 boxes)
Arranged by exhibit number.
This series contains exhibits presented at DEC hearings from 1979-80. Included in this series are letters, surveys, reports, photographs, maps, and resumes of expert witnesses. The first folder contains a list of all exhibits.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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41List of exhibits, 1-333b 1979 August 13-1980 July 24
This document is available online (http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/findaids/apap057/Series3Box4_List.pdf)

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42Exhibits #1-291979-1980

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43Exhibits #30-521978, 1980

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44Exhibits #55-791979-1980

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45Exhibits #80-99. Undated
Exhibits 94-98 not found, 03/17/06, acs.

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46Exhibits #100-1191978-1980

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47Exhibits #120-1391978, 1979-1980

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48Exhibits #140-1591973, 1979-1980

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49Exhibits #160-1791980

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410Exhibits #180-1991978, 1980

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411Exhibits #200-219 Undated
Exhibits 207-208B are available online (http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/findaids/apap057/Series3Box4_Exhibits207_208b.pdf)

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412Exhibits #220-2391978-1980

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413Exhibits #240-2591978-1980

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414Exhibits #260-2791960-1977, 1980

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415Exhibits #280-2991979-1980

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416Exhibits #300-333b.1973, 1978-1980

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417Service list; and possible list of CCAC members.1980 July 14
Quantity: 0.8 cubic ft. (about 0.8 boxes)
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains copies and originals of News Clippings primarily from the Albany Times Union and Schenectady Gazette.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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51News Clippings1975

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52News Clippings1977

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53News Clippings1978

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54-5News Clippings1979

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56-10News Clippings1980

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61-2News Clippings1981

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63News Clippings1982

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64News Clippings1983

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65News Clippings1984

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66News Clippings1985

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67News Clippings1987

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68News ClippingsUndated

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69Pine Bush, News Clippings1977-1981