Lake Placid, NY, Jan 12, 2011 — 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
Sep 11, 2009 — The Adirondack Park Agency approved two new cell phone towers yesterday. Verizon and T-Mobile will build separate towers near the High Peaks rest stop on the Adirondack Northway. These projects come at a time when cell phone service in the Park is expanding rapidly, after years of debate and delay. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
Feb 22, 2007 — State senator Betty Little has sent a letter to Governor Spitzer urging him to suspend environmental rules that restrict cell phone towers along the Northway. Todd Moe has more. Go to full article
Aug 26, 2004 — A Canadian corporation that sued the Adirondack Park Agency last month has withdrawn the suit. Canadian Pacific Rail still hopes to build a series of broadcast towers in the Champlain Valley. Negotiations with the APA continue. But as Brian Mann reports, a pro-environment group now claims the project is actually being funded with state grant money. Go to full article
Mar 15, 2002 — The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing an application by AT&T wireless that could improve cell phone service along a stretch of the Northway. The antenna project is a first test of the agency's new tower policy, designed to protect the region's views. Brian Mann was at yesterday's APA meeting and has this report. Go to full article