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Lewis farm case goes before appeals court in Albany

New York's Attorney General's office faced off in court again yesterday with Essex County farmer Salim "Sandy" Lewis. The AG's office is representing the Adirondack Park Agency in a case that could set important precedents for farming-regulation in the Park. Brian Mann has this update.  Go to full article
Salim "Sandy" Lewis (middle) and Barbara Lewis (right) talk with supporters in Elizabethtown
Salim "Sandy" Lewis (middle) and Barbara Lewis (right) talk with supporters in Elizabethtown

Essex County farmer, APA meet in NY Supreme Court

A farmer in Essex County squared off against the Adirondack Park Agency yesterday in an Elizabethtown courtroom. Sandy Lewis, who runs an 1,100-acre organic farm in the town of Essex, says the APA overstepped its authority in trying to regulate three new houses built for workers on his farm. As Brian Mann reports, the case now before the state Supreme Court has emerged as a major confrontation between farm-rights advocates and state officials.  Go to full article
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

Champlain Already High

Water levels on Lake Champlain were already nearing the high water mark. Boaters last week reported docks underwater in Essex. Gregory Warner spoke with Barry Hamilton, owner of the Essex Marina, yesterday afternoon. Hamilton estimated the water was about three feet above where it usually is this time of year.  Go to full article

Advocates Want Accessible Transportation

Lack of public transportation hits rural people with disabilities hard. In Essex County, advocates say the lack of wheel-chair accessible transportation violates the law.  Go to full article

Essex Town Limit On Political Signs "Can't Be Enforced"

Town officials in Essex say a zoning ordinance that restricts political lawnsigns won't be enforced over the next ten days. The decision follows a lawsuit filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union. As Brian Mann reports, the rule drew criticism from some locals, who felt that it stifled free speech.  Go to full article
"Sunday Drive" -- 2003 Best Of Show
"Sunday Drive" -- 2003 Best Of Show

Preview: Classic Boats on Lake Champlain

The 19th Annual Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society Show will be held at the Essex Marina on the New York side of the lake this Saturday. Dozens of historic, antique and classic boats will be on display. Todd Moe talks with Steve Pond, a ferry captain on the lake, and president of the Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society.  Go to full article
Essex illustrator Sid Couchey
Essex illustrator Sid Couchey

Profile: Essex Comic Book Artist Sid Couchey

If you grew up reading comic books, you probably stumbled across the work of Essex illustrator Sid Couchey. Couchey worked for decades from his studio just above Lake Champlain, penciling characters like Richie Rich and Little Lotta for Harvey Comics. Brian Mann visited Couchey recently, to talk about his work -- and his love for telling stories through pictures.

The music in this story came from Eric Bibb's CD called "Painting Signs" on Earthbeat Records.  Go to full article
Human peace sign on Lake Champlain. Photo courtesy Rose McNulty
Human peace sign on Lake Champlain. Photo courtesy Rose McNulty

"Peace on Ice"

Over 200 people gathered on the ice of Lake Champlain Saturday for an anti-war message inspired by a protest in Antarctica. Martha Foley spoke with Martha Swan, of The Lake Champlain Peace Initiative.  Go to full article

More on the 113th

Martha Foley talks more with Brian Mann about the 113th Assembly district race.  Go to full article

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