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Park report slams Paterson

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The Adirondack Council slammed Governor David Paterson in its annual State of the Park report this week.

It was the worst ranking of any governor in the report's 25-year history . The green group blamed what it called, "Paterson's relentless cuts to the state's environmental programs and agencies."

Paterson has promised 2,000 layoffs in state agencies before the end of the year. Included are 200 at the Department of Environmental Conservation, on top of 272 lost in an early retirement incentive earlier this year.

Adirondack Council spokesman John Sheehan says the State of the Park publication is not meant to be a political screed. Rather, as he tells Jonathan Brown, it's a snapshot of the park's environmental health. And despite all, it looks pretty good.

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