Excess space can be a matter of definition, the school board learned on Tuesday night.

Enrolled voters in Guilderland are 38 percent Democrat and 25 percent Republican; enrolled Conservatives number just 450, or 2 percent. The remaining 35 percent are enrolled in other small parties or as independents.

People have to be willing to invest in the community, and fair treatment would be a benefit to the businesses, town, and taxpayers, said Carman.

The incumbent councilman suggested the town's comprehensive plan may be due for an update.

Coons believes that Guilderland should set a specific policy for businesses wanting to open and be consistent in enforcing that policy.