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The houses that could set a legal precedent for Adk farmers
The houses that could set a legal precedent for Adk farmers

A farmer's legal feud with the APA could set new rules for agriculture in the Adirondack Park

One of the North Country's most influential and controversial farmers is locked in a court battle with the Adirondack Park Agency and New York's Attorney General. State officials say Sandy Lewis needed APA permits to build three new houses for workers on his farm in Essex County. Lewis defied their order and this spring the APA fined him $50,000. Lewis filed a counter-suit. He accuses the APA of intimidation, regulatory bullying, and hostility to farmers. The case goes to trial June 19th. As Brian Mann reports, the complex and bitter fight could establish new legal precedents for agriculture in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
Stephen Maselli, at Old Adirondack in Willsboro
Stephen Maselli, at Old Adirondack in Willsboro

Building the Adirondack brand, one chair at a time

The North Country's manufacturing industry continues to decline. Jarden Plastics, in Tupper Lake, closed earlier this month. Some companies are holding on and looking for ways to survive and grow. But they face big challenges, with rising energy costs and foreign competition. Brian Mann spoke with Stephen Maselli, president of Old Adirondack Furniture in Willsboro. His company employs more than twenty craftsmen and salespeople. Maselli says the region needs to do more to develop and protect the Adirondack brand. One of the national furniture catalogs that used to sell his company's Adirondack chairs now buys chairs from a plant in Asia.  Go to full article

APA approves Tupper Lake power corridor, despite NY Constitution questions

The Adirondack Park Agency voted on Friday to approve construction of a new power line corridor for Tupper Lake that will cross state forest preserve land. Critics on the board say the decision violates the "forever wild" provision of New York's constitution. The APA also voted to allow a new hotel on Racquette Lake. And they voted to allow Verizon to build a new cell phone tower along the Northway that will be camouflaged to look like a pine tree. It was busy week for the agency. Brian Mann discussed development with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

APA set to approve new I-87 "frankenpine" cell tower; safety cited as priority

The Adirondack Park Agency is expected to approve another Verizon cell phone tower today along the Northway, closing a gap in service near Schroon Lake. The APA will also wrestle with a proposal to build a hotel on the shore of Raquette Lake. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

APA approves massive resort development for North Creek, Adirondacks

The Adirondack Park Agency on Friday approved a massive new resort development for North Creek. Construction of the first phase could begin as early as this summer. When completed, the Front Street resort will have more than a hundred luxury condos and homes, a golf course, restaurants, and three hotels. The project will be tied closely with the Gore Mountain Ski area.  Go to full article

Adirondack Council faces questions, controversy over Tupper resort

A public hearing resumes today in Tupper Lake, reviewing plans for the Adirondack Club and Resort. The 700-unit development would be the largest single project in the Park's history. One of the resort's fiercest and most controversial critics is the Adirondack Council, a pro-environment group. Some locals have accused the Council of making inaccurate statements as it fights to block the project. In an editorial published last month, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise accused the environmental organization of being "patronizing...and kind of clueless." Brian Mann sat down recently to discuss the project and the controversy with Council spokesman John Sheehan. Sheehan says he doubts the Big Tupper project will be approved in its current form.  Go to full article
New APA chairman Curt Stiles inspecting Upper Saranac Lake (Source:  USL Foundation)
New APA chairman Curt Stiles inspecting Upper Saranac Lake (Source: USL Foundation)

Key Senate committees approve Stiles for APA chair

Late last night two key state Senate committees voted to confirm Curt Stiles as the new chair of the Adirondack Park Agency. Stiles lives on Upper Saranac Lake and sits on the Adirondack Council board. The Governor also appointed environmental attorney and professor Dick Booth from Ithaca and he reappointed Lake Pleasant town supervisor Frank Mezzano. As Brian Mann reports, the appointments drew mixed reviews from green groups and from local government leaders.  Go to full article

Developer: best case 2009 for Tupper resort groundbreaking

There's been little progress this summer on the Big Tupper resort. Philadelphia developer Michael Foxman has requested two delays in the adjudicatory hearing that began in the spring. Foxman has also asked for mediation with pro-environment groups that oppose the project, which would be the largest resort development in Adirondack history. State officials, meanwhile, reported this week that their requests for more information have gone unanswered this summer. Franklin County officials also say that they've suspended consideration of issuing $54 million dollars worth of bonds for the project. That process won't begin until the APA issues a final permit. These delays have delighted critics of the project. In a recent interview, environmental activist Peter Bauer speculated that the Adirondack Club and Resort appeared to be "dead in its current form." Speaking yesterday with Brian Mann, developer Michael Foxman conceded that he won't break ground until at least 2009. But Foxman says the project is still alive.  Go to full article

$1 million in seed money to help Adk hamlets grow

Sustainable development was the buzz-phrase at a high-level gathering yesterday in Lake George. Some of the Spitzer administration's most powerful officials unveiled a million-dollar grant program designed to help Adirondack communities improve their economies. As Brian Mann reports, some local leaders hope the money will help hamlets in the Park expand their borders.  Go to full article
APA chairman Ross Whaley
APA chairman Ross Whaley

Spitzer considers reappointing APA chairman Whaley

An Albany newspaper reported on Sunday that Governor Spitzer is considering whether to reappoint Adirondack Park Agency chairman Ross Whaley to another term. The move comes after the Republican Senate rejected Spitzer's top choice for the influential post, which comes with an annual salary of $30,000. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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