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APA wins legal battle against Spiegel mansion

The Adirondack Park Agency has won a five year legal battle against a Plattsburgh businessman who built a 10,000-square-foot mansion in Lake Placid in violation of an APA permit. A judge has upheld the APA's enforcement action against Arthur and Margaret Spiegel - a decision that could force the Spiegels to tear down their partially built home in Lake Placid's Fawn Ridge subdivision. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

APA Sued By Pataki Ally

The Adirondack Park Agency is embroiled in a new political and legal controversy involving one of Governor Pataki's allies. Art Spiegel, a businessman who lives in Plattsburgh, has sued the Agency over its decision to suspend a permit for a controversial mansion in Lake Placid. Spiegel sits on the Olympic Regional Development Authority board and was also appointed by the governor last year to take part in a commission reviewing hospital facilities. Spiegel's suit, filed in Federal court, follows an APA ruling last summer that his partially-built mansion violated several provisions of a state building permit.
In December, the APA commission, appointed by Governor Pataki, sent the matter to the Attorney General's office for enforcement.
The decision followed several months of deliberation and negotiation. In his suit, Spiegel names another close Pataki ally, APA director Dick LeFebvre. He also singles out APA enforcement director Paul Van Cott, an active member of the Democratic Party. Greg Caito is a political consultant from Jay who is part of Art Spiegel's legal team. He's also a former member of the Park Agency board. He told Brian Mann that Spiegel is the victim of a political witch hunt.  Go to full article

Spiegel Mansion in Lake Placid Faces AG Action

After months of negotiations, the Adirondack Park Agency is taking legal action against Pataki ally Arthur Spiegel. The APA has referred the case to New York's attorney general. As Brian Mann reports, Spiegel could be forced to tear down his 10,000-square foot Lake Placid mansion.  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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