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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

Finch Pruyn deal at risk as governor proposes moratorium on Adirondack land buys

Governor Paterson's budget plan would slash also tens of millions of dollars from environmental and land conservation programs. In the proposal unveiled yesterday, state officials say new land purchases in the Adirondack Park should be suspended at least through 2012. The news comes at a time when the Adirondack Nature Conservancy is hoping to sell more than 50,000 acres of timberland to the state. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article

APA controversy: What happened to the Mayes?

Yesterday, North Country Public Radio reported on allegations that a conspiracy existed between state officials and the Nature Conservancy in the town of Black Brook. Critics claim that the plot aimed to force a local man, John Maye, from his property so that the land could be added to the forest preserve. Our investigation could find no evidence to support those suspicions. But Maye's experience with the APA has come to be seen in property-rights circles as a textbook case of bureaucratic bullying and harassment. This morning, Brian Mann has part two of our report.  Go to full article

Facts don't support claims of APA conspiracy in Black Brook

A report published last weekend in the Glens Falls Post-Star raised allegations that the Adirondack Park Agency had conspired illegally with an environmental group. According to the article's sources, state officials schemed with the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, hoping to force a Clinton County man to sell his property. They say the goal was to add John Maye's land to the state Forest Preserve. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann has been investigating the charges. He found no evidence that any collusion or wrongdoing took place.  Go to full article

Businessman sues Adirondack environmental group for $2.1 million

An Adirondack businessman is suing the Adirondack Council, hoping to win more than 2 million dollars in damages. Leroy Douglas, from the town of Black Brook, claims that the green group intervened illegally in a state enforcement case involving his property. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

State appeals landmark APA-farmer ruling

The state of New York is appealing a landmark decision issued this fall in a case that pits a North Country farmer against the Adirondack Park Agency. Salim "Sandy" Lewis won the suit, which centered on his plan to build worker housing on his farm in the town of Essex. The APA and the state attorney general are now fighting to overturn the decision. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Ogdensburg bridge (painting by John Morrow)
Ogdensburg bridge (painting by John Morrow)

Canadian Farmers to Blockade Ogdensburg Bridge

Tomorrow, a group of farmers and property rights advocates plan to stop traffic on the international bridge near Ogdensburg. Beginning at 9 in the morning, they say they'll blockade both lanes on the Canadian side of the bridge with dozens of tractors. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Colton town supervisor Henry "Hank" Ford displays the new group's logo
Colton town supervisor Henry "Hank" Ford displays the new group's logo

New Property, Recreation Rights Group Forms

Hunters, snowmobilers, ATV riders, and property rights activists in St. Lawrence County are forming a new advocacy group they say will give them a stronger voice in Albany. The move comes as a timber company is poised to sell thousands of acres of land in the southeast corner of the county. David Sommerstein reports on last night's inaugural meeting in Colton.  Go to full article

Oneida Nation Sponsors Third "Hate Group" Conference

The Oneida Nation will host a national conference on "hate groups" this spring at their casino in Upstate New York. It's the third such meeting the Nation has sponsored. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Tribal Coalition Says Property Rights Group is Spreading Hate

Native groups accuse an Upstate property rights group of hateful actions over land claims in central New York. David Sommerstein expands on yesterday's report.  Go to full article

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