Northville, NY, Dec 08, 2010 — In many parts of the Adirondack Park, the biggest engine of the local economy isn't tourism or timber or mining. The main driver of the cash economy is the state of New York.
The state funds thousands of jobs in the Park at prisons, hospitals, schools, and mental health facilities.
But Albany also makes tens of millions of dollars in direct property tax payments every year to local governments and school districts, while asking for almost no services in return.
With New York's budget deficit expected to top ten billion dollars next year, community leaders are worried that those tax payments could be squeezed.
In part one of a two part series, Brian Mann looks at communities in the Park that have already seen the state cut off their property tax payments. Go to full article
Mayfield, NY, Aug 24, 2010 — The head of one of the most embattled state organizations in the North Country has stepped down. Glenn LaFave, who ran the Hudson River Black River Regulating District, left the organization last Wednesday after four years on the job.
As Brian Mann reports, he departs as the District's future is in doubt because of a debt crisis and a series of court challenges. Go to full article
Sep 22, 2005 — 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
Jul 12, 2005 — The Hudson River Black River Regulating District faces new criticism over management of the state-owned shoreline at Great Sacandaga Lake. More than 120 miles of public beach is leased each year by the authority to thousands of property owners. Most of the permit-holders own land adjacent to the reservoir. But roughly 1800 so-called "back lot" permits are held by people who own homes within a mile of the shore. State officials now say some of those permits won't be allowed to transfer when properties are sold to new owners. Instead, the permits will be turned over to "front lot" homeowners who live next to the lake. As Brian Mann reports, critics say the policy is unfair and could cost them tens of thousands of dollars. Go to full article
Apr 22, 2005 — A senior official with the Hudson River Black River Regulating District has quit and is leveling criticism at the agency's management. The resignation is the latest turmoil for the agency that manages dams and reservoirs across the north country. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article