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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

Standoff brewing in Albany over Spitzer's choice to head the APA

State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury, says she'll work to block confirmation hearings for the man Governor Spitzer wants to head the Adirondack Park Agency. Dick Booth, a professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, was appointed by Spitzer to the APA board earlier this week. The governor says Booth should take over as chairman of the agency. The nomination drew fierce criticism from local government leaders, because of Booth's close ties to pro-environment groups and because he lives outside the blue line.  Go to full article

North Creek wind projects moves ahead

A plan to build a wind farm near the Gore Mt. ski area cleared a major hurdle yesterday. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Ticonderoga Lowe's approved, sign issue remains

In a surprise move, the Adirondack Park Agency yesterday issued a permit approving construction of a new Lowe's superstore in Ticonderoga. The 153,000 square-foot store will sit next to the community's Wal-Mart store on the outskirts of the village. As Brian Mann reports, the Agency still hasn't approved a controversial 300 square-foot sign proposed for the front of the building.  Go to full article
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre

APA Explores Roll In Affordable Housing

The Adirondack Park Agency begins two days of meetings today with local government leaders. This year's seminar in Saranac Lake will focus on affordable housing. Many elected officials, including state Senator Betty Little, say local residents are being squeezed out of mountain villages by skyrocketing home prices and property taxes. In other parts of the country, zoning agencies similar to the APA have played a major role in establishing affordable housing programs. Brian Mann spoke with APA executive director Dick LeFebvre and communications director Keith McKeever. They say the Agency is still exploring the role it will take in encouraging new projects.  Go to full article

Tupper Delays Resort Zoning Changes

Tupper Lake residents last night asked the town board not to rush into a series of zoning changes requested by developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort project. The resort is the largest project ever reviewed by the Adirondack Park Agency: some 6,000 acres, including the former Big Tupper Ski Area. The developers say they need the zoning changes to move the proposal along. But, as Chris Knight reports, the town board delayed a vote and will try to answer some of the questions raised last night.  Go to full article

Two Routes Proposed for Tupper Lake Power Line

Tupper Lake residents are closer to getting a badly needed power line. Two proposed routes for the line await approval by the Adirondack Park Agency.  Go to full article

Controversial Lake George Cell Tower Faces APA Opposition

State officials with the Adirondack Park Agency say a cell phone tower proposed for the hills above Lake George is unnecessary and would harm the region's scenic views. A company called Nextel hopes to disguise the tower as a fake pine tree. Environmental groups have called the project "frankenpine". Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Tower Feud: Saratoga County & APA Square Off

The Adirondack Park Agency has worked hard to improve relations with local governments in the region. But last week, a dispute with Saratoga County erupted into public. Town and county officials hope to build three emergency broadcast towers on prominent mountain summits inside the Park. They've accused the Park Agency of delaying a project that's vital for public safety.
APA officials say the towers could do unnecessary harm to forests and scenic views. They say Saratoga County has been uncooperative and has refused to consider more environmentally-friendly technology. As Brian Mann reports, the feud could shape the APA's response to other government-sponsored projects.  Go to full article

Big Tupper Development Will Require Big Public Investment

The Adirondack Park Agency has begun its review of a massive new housing development in Tupper Lake. The proposal would mean more than eight hundred new condos and high-end vacation homes, built on a six-thousand acre parcel surrounding the Big Tupper Ski area. The development has broad support in Tupper Lake. But many locals still have questions about the project's financing. It appears that much of the infrastructure -- roads, sewers, and electrical lines -- will be built by state and local governments. As Brian Mann reports, local officials and the project's developers say taxpayers will be protected. But they've refused to say how much the public investment will cost.

CORRECTION: In Brian Mann's story on the Big Tupper development that aired December 24th, 2004, we reported that Tupper Lake resident Jim Ellis was working as a paid consultant for the project. The story mistakenly implied that Ellis had been hired by the project's developer, Preserve Associates. Jim Ellis works for the Adirondack North Country Association and as a consultant for the town and village. He has not received any compensation from Michael Foxman or the developers of Big Tupper. We apologize for the error.  Go to full article

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