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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
Dozens of Park Units Await Plans
Dozens of Park Units Await Plans

Adk Park Planners Miss Gov Pataki's Deadline

State environmental officials have missed a 5-year deadline set by Governor Pataki for the creation of detailed management plans for the Adirondack Park. The plans are required by state law. And many locals say the management guidelines are needed to expand recreation and economic development in the Park. As Brian Mann reports, state officials say more plans are nearing completion.  Go to full article
FraudFrond.com collects camouflaged cell tower photos, such as this ersatz fir.
FraudFrond.com collects camouflaged cell tower photos, such as this ersatz fir.

Cell Tower "Frankenpine" an Eyesore, or a Clever Solution

Cell phones are taken for granted in most of the U.S. They're a part of everyday life. But in parts of the country where scenery is cherished, cell phone towers are often described as "visual pollution". Now, companies like Verizon and Nextel are disguising their antennas as pine or palm trees -- even the occasional cactus. As Brian Mann reports, a camouflaged tower proposed for the hills above Lake George is drawing mixed reviews.  Go to full article
CP Rail Tower In Whallonsburg
CP Rail Tower In Whallonsburg

CP Rail Drops APA Tower Suit, Council Claims DOT Funded Work

A Canadian corporation that sued the Adirondack Park Agency last month has withdrawn the suit. Canadian Pacific Rail still hopes to build a series of broadcast towers in the Champlain Valley. Negotiations with the APA continue. But as Brian Mann reports, a pro-environment group now claims the project is actually being funded with state grant money.  Go to full article

Vacation Homes Edge Out Locals, Not Just On Waterfront

Real estate experts say the rush to buy vacation property in the Adirondacks continues, with no end in sight. Seasonal residents already own the vast majority of waterfront land. The tight market now means more visitors are buying homes in villages and hamlets. The trend was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Adirondack Park Agency. As Brian Mann reports, some government leaders worry that locals are being pushed out of their own communities.  Go to full article

Canadian Pacific Suit Challenges APA Tower Limits

Two years ago, the Adirondack Park Agency established a new policy, designed to limit the visual impact of broadcast towers. Despite their convenience, many people see cell phone and microwave towers as eyesores. Now, the Park Agency's policy faces major challenges. Canadian Pacific Railway has sued the APA in Federal Court over a 4-tower project in the Champlain valley. And Saratoga County hopes to build three new towers on mountaintops in the southern Adirondacks. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

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