ADK Review Board News
- DISABLED-ACCESS FLOATPLANE SUIT DROPPED – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that former Warrensburg town supervisor has dropped his federal lawsuit seeking floatplane access to Adirondack lakes because he can no longer afford to pursue it.
- STUDY BLAMES LARGE MILK COOPERATIVES FOR OUSTING SMALL FARMS IN NYS – Watertown Daily Times ( Watertown, NY) Website
Reporter Ted Booker reports that a recent study contends that the consolidation of large milk cooperatives over the past three decades has been a contributing cause to the widespread drop in the number of farms in the state. But the number of cows on the remaining farms have dramatically increased.
- TOP COURT SHIELDS STATE FROM ETHAN ALLEN LAWSUIT – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
Reporter Robert Gavin reports that the state Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit that contended that the state inspectors had culpability in the Ethan Allen tour boat disaster. The court ruled that because the state "owes no special duty" to the victims, their allegations that state inspectors failed to certify safe passenger capacity on the ship must be dismissed.
- NOT ALL ABOARD FOR UTICA TO LAKE PLACID RAILROAD – WKTV-TV (Channel 2) ( Utica, NY) Website
Reporter Lexie O’Connor reports that dozens turned out for a Utica meeting to hear the plans by Iowa Pacific Holdings and the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society to initiate Pullman and sleeping car service between New York and Lake Placid.
- PROFILE: TED BLAZER’S ORDA ANCHORS NY WINTER TOURISM – NCPR.org ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann profiles Ted Blazer, head of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, about how winter tourism changes with increased competition from Vermont and New Hampshire ski areas and climate change.
- STATE BACKS AWAY FROM MANDATORY BOAT-WASHING PLAN FOR LAKE GEORGE – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Jon Alexander reports that the state is questioning the effectiveness of mandatory boat wash stations to keep invasive species out of Lake George.
- DEC WILL FILE FOR EXTENSION ON FRACKING REGS – Times Union: Capital Confidential ( Albany, NY) Website
Reporter Casey Seiler reports that the state DEC will apply for an extension to the regulatory deadline to finalize the blueprint for hydrofracking in New York state.
- LITIGATION CAUSING APOPLEXY IN HAMLETS (Letter) – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
Writer Ann Melious, director of Hamilton County Economic Development and Tourism, writes that the hamlets in the Adirondacks are dying of apoplexy.
- COMPETING WILDERNESS PROPOSALS FOR FINCH LANDS – Adirondack Explorer ( ) Website
Reporter Phil Brown reports that there are at least two proposals on creating wilderness areas out of the land being purchased by New York from the Nature Conservancy.
- SLIC EFFORT TO EXPAND BROADBAND SERVICE MOVES FORWARD – Daily Courier-Observer ( Massena, NY) Website
Reporter Arianna MacNeill reports that two large grants will go toward a program to bring broadband to St. Lawrence County and Franklin County.
- GUEST VIEW: LAND PURCHASE WILL BOOST ADIRONDACK ECONOMY (Commentary) – Observer-Dispatch ( Utica, NY) Website
Writer John Sheehan, communications director for the environmental advocacy group Adirondack Council, writes that in addition to protecting 70,000 Adirondack acres, the state’s purchase will add a big boost to the park’s tourism economy.
- GOV REJECTS TAXES TO FIX SANDY DEFICIT – New York Post ( New York, NY) Website
Reporter Fred Dicker reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo won’t raise taxes or fees to pay for the losses resulting from Hurricane Sandy.
- DEC LOOKS TO STREAMLINE FRUSTRATING MANAGEMENT PROCESS – NCPR.org ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the state is taking a different look at how to plan for managing the state Forest Preserve after struggling to complete Unit Management Plans for various areas of the Adirondacks.
- NOVA BUS WINS $48 MILLION CONTRACT – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Dan Heath reports that NOVA Bus in Plattsburgh just landed a $48 million contract to build buses for Houston.
- TELEWORKS SUPPORT GROUP STARTS – Hamilton County Express ( Speculator, NY) Website
Reporter Pete Klein reports that a telework support group has started in the Adirondacks, with its first meeting in Indian Lake.
- NAVIGATION RIGHTS ARGUMENTS HEARD IN FULTON COURT – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
Reporter Kenneth Aaron reports that the case of whether Adirondack Express editor Phil Brown was trespassing or had a right to paddle through private land was heard last week in Johnstown.
- CUOMO: FRACKING DECISION LIKELY DELAYED INTO 2013 – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
The Associated Press reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in New York state will be delayed until 2013 because a health study is still continuing.
- MORE SEVERE WEATHER EXPECTED WITH ADIRONDACK CLIMATE WARMING – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that APA commissioners were told last week that because the Adirondacks climate is getting warmer and wetter, the communities in the Adirondacks will likely experience more extreme weather events in the years to come.
- VILLAGE BOARD STAYS NEUTRAL ON RAIL TRAIL – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Jessica Collier reports that the Tupper Lake Village Board made no recommendation on whether the state should re-open the Unit Management Plan for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad corridor.
- NEW UPPER HUDSON WILDERNESS AREA PROPOSED – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
A staff report notes that environmental advocacy group Protect the Adirondacks is proposing a 39,000 acre wilderness area centered on 22 miles of the Upper Hudson River that stretches from the Town of Newcomb to North River. The proposed wilderness area would be larger than nine other Wilderness Areas in the Adirondack Park.
- MALONE MANUFACTURER INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
A staff report notes that one of Asept Pak in Malone will use a grant from National Grid to improve its processes and therefore its productivity. Since 2009, National Grid has awarded 97 matching grants to manufacturers in northern New York for projects designed to increase productivity or business growth.
- FRACKING BOOM GAINS MOMENTUM – USA Today ( Washington, DC) Website
Reporter Dennis Cauchon reports that voters, courts and elected officials are all jumping into supporting hydraulic fracturing, and the political obstacles are starting to crumble.
- LAWMAKERS IN CONGRESS HAVE SHORT TIME WINDOW TO PASS FARM BILL IN 2012 – Watertown Daily Times ( Watertown, NY) Website
Reporter Ted Booker reports that Rep Bill Owens says Congress will be pressured to pass the five-year farm bill before the end of the session in December, or leave north country farmers who have depended on the bill’s provisions in limbo.
- PLATTSBURGH TRIAL SET FOR DOUGLAS’ CASE VS. APA – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the case of Leroy Douglas vs. the Adirondack Park Agency will be heard by a jury in Plattsburgh in 2014.
- READING, WRITING, REVENUE – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
Reporter Rick Karlin reports that school district superintendents around the state are actively trying to attract tuition-paying students from foreign countries.
- FRACKING REVIEW TO WRAP UP BY ‘MID-FEBRUARY AT THE LATEST,’ REVIEWER SAYS – Journal News: Politics on the Hudson ( White Plains, NY) Website
Reporter Jon Campbell reports that the state is likely going to miss the Nov. 29 deadline for review of the safety of hydrofracking. One expert hired by the state is saying the review should be completed by mid-February.
- DEC STILL STRUGGLING TO COMPLETE ADIRONDACK LAND PLANS – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the state DEC is still working on the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Unit Management Plan, 10 years into the process, and has a number of other UMPs that are waiting after that.
- WHITEFACE SKI AREA OPENING EARLY – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
A staff report notes that Whiteface Ski Area is opening early — Saturday, Nov. 17.
- STATE SENATE CHANGES COULD IMPACT HOME-RULE HOPES BY COUNTIES – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Jon Alexander reports that another issue hinging on state Senate control is a deal between the counties and the Republican state Senate leadership that could see local governments given control over sales tax rates.
- STATE TAPS EXPERTS FOR HYDROFRACKING REVIEW – Journal News: Politics on the Hudson ( White Plains, NY) Website
Reporter Jon Campbell reports that New York has chosen experts to assess the plan for hydrofracking: John Adgate, chair of the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at the Colorado School of Public Health; Lynn Goldman, dean of George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services; and Richard Jackson, chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California Los Angeles’ Fielding School of Public Health.
- STATE SENATE SWING COULD BRING PRISON CUTS ISSUE BACK TO FOREFRONT – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Jon Alexander reports that the fate of the prisons in the Adirondacks may hinge on which party controls the state Senate.
- PADDLING-RIGHTS ARGUMENTS THIS FRIDAY – Adirondack Explorer ( ) Website
Editor Phil Brown reports that his "Right to Paddle" case will be heard on Friday at the Fulton County Courthouse.
- PARK COMMISSION REVIEWS COSTS OF BOAT INSPECTION PROGRAM – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Jon Alexander reports that the Lake George Park Commission would have to nearly double its boat registration and dock fees in order to pay for the proposed boat inspection and decontamination program now being discussed.
- UTICA COUNCILMEN SUPPORT PULLMAN SERVICE – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Morris reports that two city councilmen from Utica say they would support luxury rail service on the Adirondack railroad.
- LOCAL MILL RISES TO THE OCCASION – Watertown Daily Times ( Watertown, NY) Website
Reporter Ted Booker reports that the North Country Farms flour mill is partnering with Panera Bread to have Panera use its natural whole-wheat flour to make bread.
- CANTON TOWN COUNCIL MAY ALLOW SLAUGHTERHOUSES – Daily Courier-Observer ( Massena, NY) Website
Reporter Susan Mende reports that Canton town officials are planning a public hearing on changing zoning laws to allow slaughterhouses to be built in the rural zones of the town.
- ADIRONDACK FUTURES PRESENTS FINDINGS TO ESSEX COUNTY BOARD – Denton Publications ( Elizabethtown, NY) Website
Reporter Keith Lobdell reports that members if the group Adirondack Futures presented the results of a study to the Essex County Board of Supervisors, saying that there needs to be a balance in the Adirondack Park in order for it to thrive.
- ABOLISH PRESERVE (Letter) – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Letter writer Don Sage of Paradox writes that it is time to abolish the state Forest Preserve.
- COUNTIES PUSH FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION TAKEOVER BY STATE – Times Union: Capital Confidential ( Albany, NY) Website
A staff report notes that the state Association of Counties is asking New York to take over the counties’ cost for pre-school special education programs. That would save Counties about $1 billion.
- QUEENSBURY HOPES PARENTS WILL RAISE VOICES AGAINST MANDATES – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Omar Aquije reports that Queensbury school officials are asking the public to contact the state and ask for some mandates to be taken away or eased.
- PLANNING BOARD APPROVES ALLOWANCES FOR FIRST ACR PHASE – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Jessica Collier reports that Tupper Lake planning board approved a series of waivers and deferrals as part of developer Preserve Associates’ application for the first part of the Adirondack Club and Resort project.
- TRAIN TAKES OUT FIBER-OPTICS LINE, CAUSES WIDESPREAD CABLE OUTAGE – Daily Courier-Observer ( Massena, NY) Website
A staff report notes that a CSX train broke a fiber-optic wire along Route 35 in Potsdam, creating internet and cable outages throughout the western Adirondacks.
- NATURE CONSERVANCY’S LAND SALE WON’T BENEFIT ADIRONDACKS (Letter) – Daily Gazette ( Schenectady, NY) Website
Letter writer Donald Wharton writes that there are numerous good reasons for growing opposition to the state’s purchase of 69,000 acres of property in the Adirondacks from the Nature Conservancy.
- SNOWMOBILE ‘CONNECTOR TRAIL’ CONSTRUCTION CRITICISED – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
Writer John Warren writes that environmental advocacy group Protect the Adirondacks is complaining that the new community connector trail being built by DEC following an agreement by local governments and advocacy groups is really a new road and "is much worse than we feared."
- PLANNING BOARD TO MEET ABOUT RESORT – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Jessica Collier reports that the Tupper Lake Planning Board has scheduled a meeting for 1 pm today regarding waivers and deferrals requested for the Adirondack Club and Resort.
- G.O.P. IN SURPRISE FIGHT TO HOLD NEW YORK SENATE – The New York Times ( New York, NY) Website
Reporter Thomas Kaplan reports that Democrats believe that they will control the state Senate, but it could be days before anyone knows. Of note: Cecilia Tkaczyk was leading Assemblyman George Amedore Jr.; Senator Stephen Saland was behind Democrat Terry Gipson; Simcha Felderdefeated Senator David Storobin.
- PRIVATE LAUNCHES WILL SAVE THE LAKE (Letter) – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Letter writer Adam Pensel writes that the public boat launches on Lake George should be closed and private businesses should run the launches in order to stop the spread of invasive species.
- GOOD PENSION, BAD POLICY (Editorial) – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
The Post-Star editorial board writes New York taxpayers are going to suffer for years to pay the overly generous payments promised state workers when they retire.
- OBAMA WINS NEW TERM AS ELECTORAL ADVANTAGE HOLDS – The New York Times ( New York, NY) Website
Reporters Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg report that American voters picked Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election — but the victory was far narrower than 2008.
- OWENS RE-ELECTED IN 21ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Maury Thompson reports that U.S. Rep. Bill Owens won re-election in New York’s 21st Congressional District, beating GOP challenger Matt Doheny.
- SNOWMAKING BEGINS: SKI SEASON PREVIEW 2012-13 – Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
Writer Jeff Farbaniec writes that ski season is beginning soon as snowmaking has kicked off on Adirondack ski slopes.
- WILL SANDY SPARK A GREEN RESPONSE IN COMMUNITIES? – NCPR.org ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Susan Arbetter reports that Stuart Gruskin, chief conservation officer for the Nature Conservancy in New York, says that communities can do a lot to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
- BATCHELLERVILLE BRIDGE TO REOPEN SOON – Leader-Herald ( Gloversville, NY) Website
Reporter John Borgolini reports that the new Batchellerville Bridge is expected to reopen over the Great Sacandaga Lake in the next two or three weeks.
- LAWYERS SEEK NEARLY $300,000 IN LEGAL FEES FROM CLIENT IN APA CASE – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Will Doolittle writes that the lawyers for Sandy Lewis are suing him over lawyers fees that were billed and are unpaid following Lewis’ win in his landmark lawsuit against the APA.
- REALITY CHECK ON SHARED SCHOOL SERVICES – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that an efficiency consultant working with the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid school districts said the initial savings of any shared services is modest.
- OUR VIEW: CHARGING HIKERS TO USE PUBLIC LAND A LAME IDEA (Editorial) – Observer-Dispatch ( Utica, NY) Website
The Observer-Dispatch editorial board says requiring outdoor enthusiasts to pay for using public trails in the Adirondacks is a lame-brained idea.
- STATE SHOULD PAY FOR FIGHT (Editorial) – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
The Post-Star editorial board writes that New York State should pay to fight the Asian clams and other invasive species in Lake George and throughout the Adirondacks.
- ADIRONDACK COUNCIL RELEASES ANNUAL STATE OF THE PARK REPORT – Adirondack Journal ( Warrensburg, NY) Website
A staff report notes that the Adirondack Council has released a report judging the positive and negative actions that make up the state of the Adirondack Park last year.
- GREEN GROUPS SEEK BETTER COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION – NCPR.org ( Canton, NY) Website
A staff report notes that leaders from the region’s environmental and conservation groups will gather at the Paul Smiths College VIC to discuss improving communication, collaboration and the next generation of stewardship of the Adirondacks.
- LOCAL DEC CREWS SENT TO HELP WITH SANDY CLEANUP – WWNY-TV ( Watertown, NY) Website
A staff report notes that DEC crews from the North Country regional office are in New York City assisting with cleanup from Hurricane Sandy.