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Public speaks out about redesigned Holocaust memorial in Niskayuna

May 15, 2019 11:12 PM

NISKAYUNA – It was a full house at a public meeting Wednesday night at Niskayuna High School. People were able to speak about a new design for a Holocaust memorial that would be built along Route 7.

Getting the approval for a special use permit for the memorial has been a lengthy process. It’s been in the works for more than a year and the town board has pushed back the vote on the permit several times. A big hold up was the original design.

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“To make it more acceptable to the general community we felt we needed to modernize it,” said Dr. Michael Lozman.

Lozman is an orthodontist in Latham and has spearheaded the project. He created a committee to work on a new design.

“We all need to stand up and make a statement, we all need educational ways of getting to the public,” said Dr. Lozman.

The new design will be set back about 40 feet from the roadway with greenery in front of it. It features a structure that creates six points, and can be looked at as the Start of David. There are then different sections of the memorial that educate the public on the Holocaust.

Many residents and nonresidents came forward Wednesday night saying they support the memorial. They said it’s an important resource of learning and reflection. Another woman thought the new design was very sensitively done.

However, the project still comes with some opposition. One residents saying she welcomes the memorial, but not the location. She said they need to find another spot. Another woman also saying she does not want to wake up every day and see it and be reminded of a horrible time in history.

However, Lozman said that specific spot on Route 7 is important to him. The two acres of land inside the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery was donated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. He said this is really an interfaith project.

“This is history in the making,” said Lozman. “You have two religions coming together for the sake of developing a Holocaust memorial. It’s outstanding in its own right, I mean it's such an important step in history that one cannot pass that by.”

Another public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on May 22 at the Niskayuna High School. The town board could vote on the special use permit for the site at its next meeting at the end of June.

To see more of the news design of the memorial, click here.

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Emily De Vito

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