A group called the Adirondack Park Local Government Review board is calling the decision irresponsible. Brian Mann has details.
The Adirondack Park local government review board was established in
the 1970s to provide oversight and feedback to the Adirondack Park
Agency, which had no role in Sunday's announcement. Land purchases are
handled by the Conservation Department and the
governor's office. But over the years, the Review Board has expanded its role, taking
public positions on a wide range of topics, including opposition to
expanding the Park's forest preserve.
Yesterday, the group issued a statement from executive director Fred Monroe and board president Jerry Delaney who blasted this latest deal $47-million deal, calling it "unprecedented in its overall fiscal irresponsibility." They argued that "New York's economy is in dire straits" and say "the small rural communities of the Adirondacks struggle to survive."
After initially supporting the huge conservation project, a number of Park towns have passed resolutions opposing it. But the Local Government Review Board's position is complicated by the fact that some local government leaders support this governor's plan.
This week, Minerva town supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey, a Democrat whose town is directly affected, praised the land acquisition as a boon to local tourism.
Speaking with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, Randy Douglas, also endorsed the deal. "There's always going to be people out there that don't want the state to have any more property acquisitions," Douglas told the newspaper. "I think this is the best compromise for the community to have access to beautiful land."