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Congklingville Dam on Great Sacandaga Lake. Photo via <a href="http://www.hrbrrd.com/"> Hudson River-Black River Regulating District</a>
Congklingville Dam on Great Sacandaga Lake. Photo via Hudson River-Black River Regulating District

North Country counties settle flood control fight

A multimillion dollar legal battle that simmered for half a decade in the North Country is finally winding to a close.

Four counties - including Albany, Rensselaer, Warren, and Washington - have agreed to settle a dispute with the Hudson River Black River Regulating district over who should pay for flood control efforts.  Go to full article
Congklingville Dam (Photo: HRBRRD)
Congklingville Dam (Photo: HRBRRD)

North Country dam-reservoir authority angers commmunities with $3 million loan

The state authority that operates dams and reservoirs across the North Country voted this week to bail itself out with an internal loan worth more than $3 million.

The Hudson River-Black River Regulating District will shift the money from the region around Watertown and the Black River drainage to pay for operations in the Adirondacks and around the Great Sacandaga Reservoir.

The move has sparked anger from some North Country politicians, who say their communities are being forced to subsidize the state's operations in other parts of the state.

Brian Mann spoke with 8 O'clock Hour host Martha Foley to sort through the controversy.  Go to full article
The state of New York owes Northville Central School hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes (Photo:  Northville CSD website)
The state of New York owes Northville Central School hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes (Photo: Northville CSD website)

Are state property tax payments to Adirondacks a sure thing?

In many parts of the Adirondack Park, the biggest engine of the local economy isn't tourism or timber or mining. The main driver of the cash economy is the state of New York.

The state funds thousands of jobs in the Park at prisons, hospitals, schools, and mental health facilities.

But Albany also makes tens of millions of dollars in direct property tax payments every year to local governments and school districts, while asking for almost no services in return.

With New York's budget deficit expected to top ten billion dollars next year, community leaders are worried that those tax payments could be squeezed.

In part one of a two part series, Brian Mann looks at communities in the Park that have already seen the state cut off their property tax payments.  Go to full article
Conklingville Dam on Great Sacandaga Reservoir (Source: HRBRRD)
Conklingville Dam on Great Sacandaga Reservoir (Source: HRBRRD)

State authority that runs North Country dams, reservoirs running out of money

The state-run authority that manages many of the North Country's dams and reservoirs is running out of cash. Officials with the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District announced last week that they will lay off twelve employees at the end of the month.

The organization lost most of its revenue in 2008 because of a court decision and is still struggling to find ways to pay for its operations. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Lawmakers reform authorities?long called New York's "shadow governments"

Governor David Paterson signed into law legislation to reform the state's public authorities, a measure he says will shed "sunlight" onto what has been a dark corner of government. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Sacandaga Beach Permits Reconsidered

The agency that operates many of the north country's dams and reservoirs is backing away from a plan to change shoreline access rules on Great Sacandaga Lake. The Hudson River-Black River Regulating District had proposed forcing some property owners to give up their beach access permits when they sell their homes. In the past, those permits transferred with the property. As Brian Mann reports, the move to change the permit rule angered some local people.  Go to full article
Regulating District Manages Great Sacandaga Lake
Regulating District Manages Great Sacandaga Lake

Troubled North Country River Agency Loses Board Members

Governor Pataki says he wants to clean up the state's massive network of public corporations and authorities. But a north country agency that manages many of the region's dams and rivers is facing more turmoil. Two of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District's five boardmembers have quit. The move follows a scathing report that blasted the board for mismanagement and also for awarding themselves generous health benefits. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

North Country Dam Agency Draws Audit Rebuke

The state comptroller is slamming the Hudson River Black River Regulating District for mismanagement and possible corruption. The District manages dams and waterways stretch from the Fulton Chain and Indian Lake to the Hudson River and Great Sacandaga Lake. As Brian Mann reports, an audit issued yesterday found that the agency lacked proper checks and balances for its six-million dollar budget.  Go to full article
Adirondack Forest Preserve Land?
Adirondack Forest Preserve Land?

Critics Say Land Lease on Adirondack Lake Violates NY Constitution

Every year, New York state leases thousands of parcels of land along the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks. People pay an average of a hundred dollars a year for exclusive permits. They use the state land for their docks, their patios and even their front lawns. The popular program stretches back more than seventy years to the time when the reservoir was created. But environmentalists worry that rapid development is harming the lake's public shoreline and limiting recreation. Some legal experts also argue that the permit system violates the "forever wild" clause of New York's constitution. As Brian Mann reports, that clause bans the lease of state land inside the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
State land extends from water to house.
State land extends from water to house.

On Great Sacandaga Lake, State Land For Lease Cheap

Real estate prices in the Adirondacks have soared in recent years, thanks to a boom in vacation home sales. Small parcels on a scenic lake often sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
     But along the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks, people are able to lease hundred-foot sections of shoreline property directly from New York state for just fifty-six dollars a year. As Brian Mann reports, the permit program lies at the center of a growing controversy, which includes a lawsuit filed by Niagara Mohawk and an audit launched by the state Comptroller's office.  Go to full article

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