ADK Review Board News
- COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WINS AWARD – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that Saranac Lake Village’s comprehensive plan was named the best in the state at this month’s American Planning Association New York Upstate Chapter awards.
- COMPLETED 2014 LAKE GEORGE CONSERVATION PROJECTS – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
A staff report notes that the Lake George Land Conservancy has issued a report to the press outlining its work in 2014 and looking forward to its plans for 2015.
- LAKE GEORGE WILDFIRE CONSIDERED ‘CONTAINED’ – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Don Lehman reports that the forest fire in the woods of French Mountain was considered to be contained as of late Thursday.
- INVASIVES WARNING SIGNS TO BE POSTED AT BOAT LAUNCHES – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
A staff report notes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved legislation directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasivespecies.
- LAKE CHAMPLAIN TASK FORCE: ERADICATING SPINY WATER FLEA NOT POSSIBLE – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
A staff report notes that the Lake Champlain Basin Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response Task Force has said that eradication of spiny water flea in Lake Champlain is not technically feasible and they are urging spread prevention.
- FIRE CONTINUES TO BURN ON FRENCH MOUNTAIN IN LAKE GEORGE – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Mike McCotter reports that state forest rangers will return to woods on French Mountain on Thursday to battle a forest fire that was spotted Wednesday afternoon.
- KEESEVILLE, TOWNS WORKING OUT DISSOLUTION ISSUES – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Lohr McKinstry reports that as the Village of Keeseville heads for municipal dissolution at midnight on Dec. 31, officials are preparing for water-system improvements and paying off some of the village’s debts.
- SARANAC LAKE HOTEL PROJECT SEEKS MORE STATE FUNDING – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that Lake Flower Lodging, the company looking to develop a controversial 93-room, four-story hotel in Saranac Lake has submitted an application for $2.3 million more in state funding.
- AT BOEHNER EVENT, STREET THEATER AND ANGER – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that a small group of protesters gathered outside the Queensbury Hotel on Tuesday during a fundraising event for Elise Stefanik, the Republican front-runner in upstate New York’s 21st District House race.
- HOTEL PUDD IN FLUX – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the proposed zoning district for the Lake Flower hotel continues to be a moving target.
- BOEHNER COMING TO BACK STEFANIK – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Maury Thompson reports that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will visit Glens Falls on Tuesday to raise campaign cash for Republican and Conservative Party congressional candidate Elise Stefanik.
- ADIRONDACK NON-PROFITS HAVE $422 MILLION IMPACT – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Lohr McKinstry reports that a study of non-profit groups in the Adirondacks shows they add about $422 million annually to the region’s economy.
- NY21: WOOLF TAKES OFFENSE ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES – Adirondack Journal ( Warrensburg, NY) Website
Reporter Pete DeMola reports that Aaron Woolf, the Democrat running to replace outgoing Congressman Bill Owens is seeking to position himself as an ecological champion.
- CONGRESS CANDIDATES DEBATE ENVIRONMENT STANCES – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Joe LoTemplio notes the differing views on environmental issues between the congressional candidates for the 21st district.
- CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER CHANGES TO ELECTION CYCLE – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Joe LoTemplio reports that rather that wait a year for a Charter Commission to make changes to the length of terms for City of Plattsburgh councilors, one councilor wants to move forward now but the Mayor has noted that the deadline has passed to allow public vote this election season.
- CUOMO: USE SURPLUS TO SPUR MUNICIPAL CONSOLIDATION IN NY – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter David Klepper reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced to business leaders on Friday that he wants to use $1.5 billion on local economic development programs.
- CRITICS IN SARANAC LAKE SAY HOTEL PROJECT "RUSHED" – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that while there has been plenty of support for the zoning change for a controversial hotel project on Lake Flower, others are voicing concerns.
- NORTH HUDSON VOTES 80-52 TO KILL PROPOSAL TO PURCHASE FORMER THEME PARK – Adirondack Journal ( Warrensburg, NY) Website
Reporter Pete DeMola reports that a proposal for the town of North Hudson to purchase the former Frontier Town was voted down on Thursday.
- PROTECT LOSES ANOTHER ROUND IN BIG TUPPER RESORT FIGHT – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club have released a statement about the denial of their appeal to the Appellate Division over the upholding of the Adirondack Park Agency’s Approval of the Adirondack Club & Resort Project.
- NY21: WOOLF, OWENS URGE STEFANIK TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS – Adirondack Journal ( Warrensburg, NY) Website
Reporter Pete DeMola reports that Congressman Bill Owens and 21st District Democratic congressional candidate Aaron Woolf joined forces against Elise Stefanik in a joint press conference on Wednesday.
- APPEALS COURT REJECTS CHALLENGE OF APA DECISION ON RESORT – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Kim Smith Dedam reports that a court has dismissed a Protect the Adirondacks attempt to appeal an earlier ruling that cleared the way for a Tupper Lake resort.
- SUPPORT FOR MARINA FLOWS IN – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that supporters of a plan to refurbish and expand the former Crescent Bay Marina turned out in droves Wednesday night for a town of Harrietstown Planning Board meeting on the project.
- NEW YORK SEEKS COMMENT ON ITS OPEN SPACE PLAN – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
The Associated Press reports that New York state is seeking comment on its open space plan.
- WATER ADVISORIES FOR N.Y. SIDE OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Zach Hirsch reports that environmental officials in upstate New York have issued a precaution asking people to stay away from some rivers in Peru, Plattsburgh, and other towns, while they treat the water with a chemical that kills sea lamprey.
- EPA FINES FERRY COMPANY $100,000 – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Dan Heath reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Lake Champlain Transportation $100,000 for alleged violations of federal and state clean-air regulations.
- IS THE APA’S LAND-USE PLAN MANDATORY OR NOT? – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Phil Brown questions whether the development guidelines set forth in the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan mandatory or not.
- TOWN GIVES RESORT MORE TIME – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Shaun Kittle reports that with a lawsuit slowing things down, the Tupper Lake town board has extended a planned development district for the Adirondack Club and Resort for the third time.
- BOLTON ACQUIRES WILD FOREST LANDS TO PROTECT WATER SUPPLY – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Reporter Anthony Hall reports that the Town of Bolton has agreed to purchase two forested lots wrapped in a conservation easement near Edgecomb Pond, adding another layer of protection to the source of its drinking water.
- GLENS FALLS GREEN CANDIDATE FUNICIELLO SHAKES UP NY 21 RACE – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello is playing a huge part in New York’s North Country’s House race and is draining significant support away from Democrat Aaron Woolf.
- SETTING POLE DAM’S FATE UNDECIDED – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Shaun Kittle reports that the Tupper Lake town board has yet to make a decision on the fate of the 7-acre Setting Pole Dam property.
- STATE ACQUIRES FORMER FINCH, PRUYN LANDS NEAR HIGH PEAKS – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Reporter Phil Brown reports that the state has purchased a 5,770-acre tract abutting the High Peaks Wilderness from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, the latest acquisition of former Finch timberlands for the Forest Preserve.
- ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS’ EFFORTS ARE SAVING LAKE GEORGE (Editorial) – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
The Post Star Editorial Board writes that much of the credit for the improvement in Lake George during its struggle against aquatic invasive species goes to the S.A.V.E. Partnership, a coalition of municipal and environmental leaders.
- NY-21 POLL: STEFANIK ENJOYS 13 POINT LEAD OVER WOOLF – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporters David Sommerstein and Brian Mann report that a new poll of the North Country’s Congressional race finds Republican Elise Stefanik leading Democrat Aaron Woolf 46 to 33 percent. Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello is favored by 10 percent of those polled.
- PLANNING BOARD BACKS HOTEL ZONING CHANGE – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the Saranac Lake village Planning Board voted 4-0 Wednesday night to recommend approval, with conditions, of a zoning change for the controversial 93-room, four-story, upscale hotel proposed by Chris LaBarge of Malone.
- NY GETS EASEMENT ON WILDERNESS ACT CABIN – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
The Associated Press reports that the family of environmental activist Howard Zahniser has granted New York state a conservation easement on the cabin where much of the Federal Wilderness Act of 1964 was drafted.
- LAKE GEORGE PROGRAM CHECKS 16,888 BOATS – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
The Associated Press reports that the inaugural year of the mandatory boat inspection program on Lake George saw 16,888 boat inspections this summer.
- CUOMO LOSES NORTH COUNTRY IN DEM PRIMARY – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Brian Mann reports that while Gov. Andrew Cuomo won the Democratic Party primary, his opponent, Zephyr Teachout won a clear victory in many Upstate New York counties and came close to sweeping the North Country.
- STATE ARGUES NYCO FOES THWARTING WILL OF VOTERS – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Phil Brown writes that according to court papers filed by the state attorney general’s office, environmental activists seeking to prevent NYCO Minerals from drilling in the Jay Mountain Wilderness are trying to thwart the will of the electorate.
- ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROTECTION SOUGHT FOR MONARCHS – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
A staff report notes that Scientists, wildlife conservationists, and food safety advocates have petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies.
- CLARKSON STEPPING IN TO FIX CHICKEN SLAUGHTERHOUSE – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter David Sommerstein reports that Clarkson University is stepping in to salvage a troubled mobile chicken slaughterhouse in St. Lawrence County.
- WORK WILL POUR $6M INTO LAKE GEORGE PROJECT – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Don Lehman reports that state officials formally unveiled plans Monday for a revamped Million Dollar Beach that will include an expanded boat launch with boat washing station, new parking lot, rerouted traffic and two new fishing piers.
- WOOLF GETS UNION BACKING – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
A staff report notes that the largest health care workers union in the eastern states has endorsed the candidacy of Aaron Woolf for the 21st Congressional District.
- CLOSED BOAT LAUNCH IN SOUTHERN BASIN IRKS SOME – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Don Lehman reports that the only free boat launch on the south end of Lake George will be closed until the end of May, a development that has drawn the ire of boaters, fishermen and businesses that cater to them.
- STATE GIVING CLOSER REVIEW OF IDA EXEMPTIONS – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Maury Thompson reports that the state has implemented tighter scrutiny on sales tax exemptions for building materials and supplies which IDAs provide to development projects.
- RAIL TRAIL WILL ADD TO TOURISM (Commentary) – Times Union ( Albany, NY) Website
Writer Dick Beamish, a board member of Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates and founder of the Adirondack Explorer magazine, writes that the time has come for the state to complete its review of the 120-mile Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor and determine the best use of what has been an underutilized resource.
- NORTH COUNTRY PASTURED HITS ROADBLOCKS WITH MOBILE POULTRY PROCESSOR – Watertown Daily Times ( Watertown, NY) Website
Reporter Martha Ellen reports that North Country Pastured has run into so many roadblocks that its mobile poultry slaughterhouse, which was unveiled last summer with great fanfare, is no longer operating.
- PAST PRESIDENT TO GIVE GENEROUSLY TO LAKE GEORGE ASSOCIATION – Adirondack Journal ( Warrensburg, NY) Website
A staff report notes that J. Buckley Bryan, Jr., long-time Lake George Association member and past president, has announced his plan to donate $1 million to the Lake George Association over the next few years.
- ADIRONDACK PARK IS "FAR FROM FINISHED" CONCLUDES ADIRONDACK COUNCIL’S ANNUAL STATE OF THE PARK REPORT – Adirondack Council ( Elizabethtown, NY) Website
A press release notes that the Adirondack Council has released its State of the Park report for 2014.
- CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES LAKE FLOWER HOTEL – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has thrown its weight behind the proposed Lake Flower Spa and Resort.
- LOCAL WOMAN RISES TO TOP OF INVASIVE SPECIES WORLD – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Mike Lynch reports that Hilary Smith, director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, has taken a high-level job with the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.
- STATE TO INVEST $475,000 IN UPPER SARANAC BOAT LAUNCH – Press-Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Kim Smith Dedam reports that the access point to Upper Saranac Lake is about to receive $475,000 worth of upgrades.
- DEC: HURLEY BROTHERS DIDN’T REPORT OIL SPILL – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Matthew Turner reports that the state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a notice of violation to a local fuel supply company for its failure to report an oil spill that occurred on August 19.
- LAKE FLOWER HOTEL’S FLOOD ZONE ISSUE DEEPENS – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Chris Knight reports that officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency say they need more information before they can start a formal review of a request to revise the flood elevation of Lake Flower, a revision that could sink Lake Flower Lodging’s plan for a 93-room, high-end hotel and spa on the lake’s shoreline.
- INVASIVE ASIAN FRUIT FLY DEVASTATES NORTHEAST BERRY CROPS – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Martha Foley reports that the presence of the Asian spotted wing fruit fly, an invasive insect that devastates berry crops, has been confirmed in the North Country.
- THE WILD CENTER ACQUIRES 50 ACRES ALONG RAQUETTE RIVER – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
A staff report notes that the Wild Center has acquired 50 acres of Raquette River front property, made possible by a group of supporters.