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One of Alex's lifesize sculptures.
One of Alex's lifesize sculptures.

Once a nuclear missle silo, now a site for art

Dozens of artists in the Tri-Lakes area will open their doors to visitors this weekend. It's the annual Artists at Work Studio Tour and a chance to ask questions and view art being created up close in studios in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.

Alexander Michael, an architectural designer from Australia, is an artist-in-residence for the event. He'll be working on a series of fiberglass sculptures at 7444 Gallery in Saranac Lake this weekend, and then offering tours of his decommissioned North Country missile silo and part time home near Plattsburgh, next weekend.

Todd Moe caught up with him to talk about living in missile silo and designing art that explores religion, culture and creative expression.  Go to full article

Essex farmer Lewis wins another court fight against Adirondack Park Agency

Essex County farmer Salim "Sandy" Lewis won another round in court yesterday in his battle with the Adirondack Park Agency. According to the New York Times, a state judge has ordered the APA to pay all of Lewis's legal fees and expenses following a lengthy court fight. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

With legal battle over, farmer seeks compensation for legal fees

A farmer in Essex County wants more than $200,000 in legal fees from the Adirondack Park Agency, following a lengthy court battle. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

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
State officials say these farm worker homes in Essex County needed an APA permit (Source:  Brian Mann)
State officials say these farm worker homes in Essex County needed an APA permit (Source: Brian Mann)

Farm fight with Adirondack Park Agency draws split decision in early ruling

A state Supreme Court judge issued a split decision this week in the high-profile court fight between an Essex County farmer and the Adirondack Park Agency. In a preliminary ruling, acting state Supreme Court Judge Richard Meyer denied the APA's request that key provisions of the lawsuit be dismissed. But Judge Meyer also rejected key claims made by Lewis Family Farms. Brian Mann has
details.  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

Elizabethtown Hospital Burns, One Patient Dead

A fire broke out Saturday morning at the community hospital in
Elizabethtown, forcing officials to evacuate fifteen patients. One elderly woman died during the emergency, but officials blame her death on natural causes. Other patients and staff suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Schumer Visits the North Country

New York Senator Chuck Schumer begins a 2-day visit to the North Country this morning. Press Secretary Blake Zeff says the Senator begins his day in Brantingham in Lewis County to meet with local officials.  Go to full article

Canton Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Agriculture

New York lawmakers will hear firsthand from farmers about agricultural issues in a series of town meetings held across the state. The first will be held this Friday at SUNY Canton at noon. David Sommerstein talks with Assemblyman and dairy farmer Darrel Aubertine about the issues facing the dairy industry.  Go to full article

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