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Olympic Authority trims plans to cope with budget cuts

Officials with the Olympic Regional Development Authority say state budget cuts have forced them to borrow more money to finish upgrades at Gore and Whiteface mountains. The budget cuts have raised new questions about the proposed conference center in Lake Placid and a ski-area interconnect in North Creek. As Jacob Resneck reports, the belt-tightening could also mean fewer seasonal jobs this winter.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Conference Center project on hold

The Olympic Regional Development Authority says bids for construction of the new Conference Center at Lake Placid exceeded the project's budget by more than $13 million. That means the project, which was already behind schedule, has been put on hold until the Olympic Authority can find ways to cut costs or secure more funding. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

North Creek resort quietly nears approval

The Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a huge new resort development planned for North Creek. A final vote could come as early as Friday. If given the green light, the private project would be closely linked to the state-run Gore Mountain Ski Area. As Brian Mann reports, some critics say details of the North Creek resort deserves more scrutiny and public review.  Go to full article
Artist's image of the convention center.
Artist's image of the convention center.

APA OKs two Lake Placid projects

A key Adirondack Park Agency committee has signed off on two major expansions for Lake Placid's hospitality industry. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

Snow brings ski biz alive

Last winter, ski resorts in New York and Vermont were hammered by rain and unseasonably warm temperatures that lasted well into January. What a difference a year makes. This holiday season, ski centers have been blessed with big dumps of powder. As Brian Mann reports, all the glorious snow translates into big crowds of tourists.  Go to full article

Union workers approve ORDA contract

Olympic Authority workers and management have reached agreement in Lake Placid. The new contract won strong support from local union members. It runs through 2009, and affects workers at Gore Mountain in North Creek, as well as Whiteface Mt. and the Lake Placid Olympic venues. Jacob Resneck has more from Lake Placid.  Go to full article

ORDA workers rally in Lake Placid

Several hundred union members rallied in Lake Placid to show support for workers at the Olympic Regional Development Authority. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Contract troubles between union and ORDA

The union representing employees of the Lake Placid-based Olympic Regional Development Authority has declared an impasse in negotiations on a new contract. Union officials say ORDA's negotiating team has not responded to their demands for a raise. The Olympic Authority says it won't debate the issue in public. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Joe Martens (Source: OSI)
Joe Martens (Source: OSI)

Martens says ORDA job will mean balancing economy, environment

If Joe Martens is confirmed as chairman of ORDA, he'll also keep his other job as head of the Open Space Institute. The non-profit organization works to protect natural spaces, arranging land purchases by governments and by other green groups. OSI spearheaded the purchase of the Tahawus lands near the High Peaks and helped to finance the recent Finch Pruyn deal. Martens spoke with Brian Mann about his interest in heading the Olympic Regional Development Authority and his approach to balancing the economy and the environment.  Go to full article
Joe Martens (Source: OSI)
Joe Martens (Source: OSI)

Despite claims, ORDA officials knew about Martens nomination

Last month, the Lake Placid News reported that top officials at the Olympic Regional Development Authority were blind-sided by Governor Spitzer's appointment of a new ORDA chairman. In mid-May, Spitzer chose prominent environmental activist Joe Martens to head the ORDA board. The name was sent in a public document to state Senators. In June, ORDA officials said they were never informed of the decision and hadn't been officially notified. But as Brian Mann reports, several top ORDA leaders were told of the nomination.  Go to full article

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