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APA approves Tupper Lake power corridor, despite NY Constitution questions

The Adirondack Park Agency voted on Friday to approve construction of a new power line corridor for Tupper Lake that will cross state forest preserve land. Critics on the board say the decision violates the "forever wild" provision of New York's constitution. The APA also voted to allow a new hotel on Racquette Lake. And they voted to allow Verizon to build a new cell phone tower along the Northway that will be camouflaged to look like a pine tree. It was busy week for the agency. Brian Mann discussed development with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Cell phone tragedy sparks controversy, debate

The harrowing death of a 63-year-old man on the Northway last week has revived a bitter feud over cell phone coverage in the Adirondacks. Alfred Langer, from Brooklyn, died of exposure after running his car off the highway last Thursday. He was trapped with his wife Barbara for more than 32 hours before state police spotted the wreck in a ravine. Barbara Langer survived the ordeal and is described in fair condition. As Brian Mann reports, what was once a regional feud over cell service has quickly escalated into a statewide controversy.  Go to full article
A cell tower in disguise
A cell tower in disguise

Fake Tree Tower will be Built on Lake George

The Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a controversial cell phone tower on Pilot Knob above Lake George. The tower--dubbed "frankenpine" by pro-environment groups--will be built to resemble a white pine tree. An APA committee says the tower will be nearly invisible to boaters and residents. The project faced stiff opposition from local residents and government leaders. Some APA staff members also urged the Agency commission to reject the project. But the cell phone company and state Senator Betty Little say the project will improve communication on Lake George. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Nextel has proposed a "tower tree" for Pilot Knob (File photo)
Nextel has proposed a "tower tree" for Pilot Knob (File photo)

APA Senior Staff: No Opinion on Pilot Knob Cell Tower

Senior staff at the Adirondack Park Agency have once again overruled their field staff's recommendation on a controversial project. A report issued Wednesday by the APA offered no opinion on the future of a cell tower proposed for Pilot Knob on Lake George. In May, one of the APA's senior attorneys issued a preliminary report condemning the project. As Brian Mann reports, the change angered pro-environment groups.  Go to full article

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