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Departing APA chairman Curt Stiles (Source:  APA)
Departing APA chairman Curt Stiles (Source: APA)

Departing APA chairman Stiles: Park's communities struggling, reforms needed

After four years as head of the Adirondack Park Agency, chairman Curt Stiles is stepping aside. His tenure was marked by big clashes with elected officials in the Park, who lobbied Governor Andrew Cuomo not to reappoint Stiles for a second term. But Stiles also pushed through major reforms of the APA's regulatory approach, and engineered the first legislative change to the Park Agency Act in a generation.

Stiles, a former Xerox executive who lives on Upper Saranac Lake, sat down to talk in-depth with Brian Mann. Here's the first part of their conversation.

Note: Tomorrow during The Eight O'clock Hour, we'll hear from Stiles about the environmental challenges still facing the Park and about some of his own controversial decisions, including his handling of the Sandy Lewis farm case in Essex County.  Go to full article
Curt Stiles
Curt Stiles

APA Chairman Curt Stiles will not seek reappointment

Adirondack Park Agency Chairman Curt Stiles will not seek reappointment to the APA board. Stiles made the surprising announcement at the end of Friday's agency monthly meeting in Ray Brook. He said he sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week that said he will not accept reappointment as chair or commissioner of the Park Agency. His decision to leave the APA was met with enthusiasm by his critics and disappointment by his supporters. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Curt has successfully moved the Agency a giant step forward and were thankful for his leadership while he was there.

Curt Stiles will step down from Adirondack Park Agency board

In a surprise announcement Friday, the chairman of the state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners announced he would not seek reappointment as Chair or commissioner.

Curt Stiles made his revelation Friday at the conclusion of the agency's monthly meeting. He says he spoke with family members and colleagues at the Park Agency before coming to his decision.  Go to full article
The Spiegel house, June 6, 2011. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
The Spiegel house, June 6, 2011. Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Lake Placid house demolition caught in continuing dispute

The Adirondack Park Agency is looking for closure 10 months after a judge ordered a half-built, 10,000-square foot mansion in Lake Placid demolished. The boarded-up structure, owned by Arthur and Margaret Spiegel, still stands.

Now the APA has filed a motion to find the Spiegels in contempt of court for failing to tear the building down but the Spiegels said they can't get the necessary demolition permits from the town.

As Chris Knight reports, this is just the latest chapter in what's been a six-year legal battle.  Go to full article

APA process may complicate flood recovery

The National Weather Service says some parts of the North Country will see more than four inches of rain before this latest storm passes. That's pushing Lake Champlain's waters back toward record-high levels. The Ausable and Raquette rivers also surged over the weekend. Most of the region is once again under flood warnings or watches.

For homeowners, businesses and local governments, recovering from the disaster will be tough. For communities inside the Adirondack Park blue line, rebuilding could be complicated by the need for project reviews and permits from the Adirondack Park Agency. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
South Branch Camp (Photo:  Phil Royce)
South Branch Camp (Photo: Phil Royce)

APA: hunting camps can stay

The Adirondack Park Agency voted on Friday to allow 220 traditional hunting clubs to keep their cabins on the former Champion timber lands in the northern and western Adirondacks.

That reverses a decade-old decision struck by state officials that would have evicted the clubs, some of them dating back generations.

As Brian Mann reports, the fate of the clubs has been a flashpoint in the Park for years.  Go to full article
Despite years of haggling, the number of issues that will need to be resolved during the final round of hearings has actually grown.

Debate, negotiations over Big Tupper resort leaves parties polarized

After years of public review, town hall meetings, mediation sessions and negotiations, the Adirondack Club and Resort project is entering its final phase.

An adjudicatory hearing will begin soon, possibly as early as next month, overseen by administrative law judge Daniel O'Connell.

When that hearing is finished, the Adirondack Park Agency will have sixty days to vote on whether the 600-unit resort should be given a permit or not.

But as Brian Mann reports, the various factions taking part in the hearing are still as deeply divided over key issues as they were half a decade ago.  Go to full article

Douglas wants DEC spokesman charged for leaking info

A Clinton County property rights activist has filed a complaint seeking criminal charges against David Winchell, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation in Ray Brook.

LeRoy Douglas was himself indicted on felony charges earlier this month. He now alleges that Winchell intentionally disclosed grand jury information to the public.  Go to full article
Arthur Lussi (Source:  APA website)
Arthur Lussi (Source: APA website)

Local town official accuses Park Agency, commissioner of unethical conduct

A local government official in North Elba is accusing the Adirondack Park Agency and one of its commissioners, Arthur Lussi, of unethical conduct. Lussi is partnering with Verizon to build a new cell phone tower on top of the Crowne Plaza hotel in Lake Placid.

Now, a member of North Elba's planning and zoning board says Lussi and members of the APA staff tried to manipulate local review of the project.

As Brian Mann reports, the Park Agency says the case was handled properly, despite confusion and miscommunications between state and town officials.

Clarification: The proposed cell tower structure described in this story would be 56 feet high from the ground to peak elevation. The height above the existing roof line would be approximately 20 feet.  Go to full article

Douglas faces waste charges

A prominent property-rights activist was arraigned yesterday in a Clinton County court for allegedly dumping hazardous materials on his property near Ausable Forks.

According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the felony charges against LeRoy Douglas could bring up to four years in prison and a fine of 150 thousand dollars.

Douglas - who has been an outspoken critic of state environmental policies - pleaded not guilty and was released without bail.

DEC officials say they began investigating the case in 2008 after they received complaints about the property near Silver Lake in Clinton County.

They say a state investigator found a wide range of contamination on Douglas's land, including a pile of lead acid batteries, dead animals and medical waste.

According to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Douglas's attorney has requested that a special prosecutor be named to handle the case.

Douglas has claimed in the past that investigations of his property are politically motivated.  Go to full article

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