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Adk Wind Project Inches Forward

Developers of an industrial wind project near Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks won a small victory yesterday. The Adirondack Park Agency's board agreed that a new tower, designed to test wind strength, might be allowed to go forward. As Brian Mann reports, the APA staff and some environmental groups want the developers to submit a basic outline of the entire project.  Go to full article

APA Clears Staff Of Ethics Charges

The Adirondack Park Agency says two staff members didn't violate state ethics laws by trying to steer projects to one of the workers' spouses. The findings were released Monday. The state Ethics Commission claimed last month that there was "reasonable cause" to believe that a violation had occurred. APA officials reviewed the allegations last week. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

APA Staff Face Ethics Complaint

The New York State Ethics Commission is urging the Adirondack Park Agency to investigate the activities of an employee for allegedly steering Agency projects to her husband. According to a statement issued Monday by the APA, the allegations relate to the outsourcing of computer software services. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

APA Delays Big Tupper Development Review

Officials at the Adirondack Park Agency want more information about a new resort in Tupper Lake for more information about their project. The APA issued a notice yesterday describing the Adirondack Club and Resort permit application as "incomplete." Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Park Agency Chairman Ross Whaley
Park Agency Chairman Ross Whaley

APA May Reduce Public Comments at Meetings

The Adirondack Park Agency was shaken this summer by a state investigation that found official computers were being used for the transmission of pornography. Executive director Dan Fitts resigned. Four other staff members implicated in the case haven't been named. The APA is now considering a new policy that would shorten the public comment period at monthly meetings. Commissioners have also begun enforcing an existing policy that prevents the public from commenting on agenda items scheduled for a vote. As Brian Mann reports, the move to tighten rules for public input at meetings sparked new criticism for the Agency.  Go to full article
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre
APA executive director Dick LeFebvre

Critic Says New APA Chief Emailed Racy Photo

The Adirondack Park Agency's new executive director has been accused of transmitting a photograph of partially nude women to one of his state employees. Dick LeFebvre took over at the APA in August, following a computer pornography scandal that forced executive director Dan Fitts to resign. LeFebvre had been serving as executive director of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District. The state authority manages dams and reservoirs across the north country. A former employee has filed a written complaint claiming that LeFebvre emailed an improper photo and made inappropriate jokes at a Regulating District office party. As Brian Mann reports, Regulating District officials say they'll investigate the allegation.  Go to full article
Pilot Knob site (Photo provided by Nextel)
Pilot Knob site (Photo provided by Nextel)

Adk Council Sues Over Lake George 'Frankenpine' Cell Tower

A pro-environment group is filing legal action today aimed at blocking construction of a controversial cell phone tower on Pilot Knob, a hill above Lake George. The project was approved this summer by the Adirondack Park Agency and the Lake George Park Commission. But the Adirondack Council and a local activist group say New York state ignored evidence about the project's environmental impact. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Fake Pine Tower For Pilot Knob Clears Hurdle, Faces Suit

The Lake George Park Commission says a cell phone tower on Pilot Knob won't harm scenic views. Nextel plans to disguise the tower as a giant fake pine tree and already has approval from the Adirondack Park Agency. But as Brian Mann reports, a pro-environment group now plans to sue to stop the project.  Go to full article

Green Groups Disagree Over Tupper Lake Power Corridor

Two prominent environmental groups disagree about the best route for a new power line from St. Lawrence County to Tupper Lake.

The New York Power Authority is developing plans for the electric line, which will end power shortages and blackouts in the village. As Brian Mann reports, one group says a historic right-of-way might allow the line to cut through state forest preserve. But critics say the plan would violate the state constitution.  Go to full article

Pataki Ally Faces APA Enforcement Over Lake Placid Mansion

The Adirondack Park Agency says a close ally of Governor Pataki damaged the environment when he began construction of a new mansion on a hillside overlooking Lake Placid. An APA committee ruled yesterday that Arthur Spiegel built a house twenty-feet taller than his permit allowed. They also claim that he put the structure on a steep hillside. The unfinished mansion is visible from Rt. 86, on the outskirts of the village. Some critics have called it an eyesore. But as Brian Mann reports, the Agency faces stiff political pressure in this case. The committee stopped short of calling for the house to be torn down.  Go to full article

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