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Bill curtailing Adirondack Park Agency enforcement power fails in Assembly

An effort by North Country lawmakers to limit the enforcement power of the Adirondack Park Agency failed to pass the state Assembly last week. The bill which passed in the Senate would have placed a ten-year statute of limitations on environmental and zoning violations.

As Brian Mann reports, supporters of the change say they'll bring it back next session.  Go to full article
APA chairman Curt Stiles (Source:  APA)
APA chairman Curt Stiles (Source: APA)

New APA regs: Good government or power grab?

Today in Ray Brook the Adirondack Park Agency begins a series of public hearings on new regulations for boathouses in the Park. This latest round of rulemaking comes at a time when the APA has issued a series of new regulations affecting private land and development. The rules govern everything from shoreline homes to hunting camps. Supporters say the APA is doing its job, fleshing out the guidelines that protect water quality and conserve open space. But critics say state officials are steadily expanding their power over privately-owned land without authority from the legislature. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Businessman sues Adirondack green 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
A new billboard on Route 11 in Gouverneur.
A new billboard on Route 11 in Gouverneur.

SLC launches "No More Victims" campaign

A new education program will teach communities how to protect themselves from sex offenders. The St. Lawrence County Sex Offender Management Program is spearheading the effort, along with other county agencies. County Probation Director Francine Peretta says there's no program so comprehensive in New York State. The "No More Victims" campaign will feature radio ads and billboards. Next month they'll schedule community education meetings around the county. As Peretta told Gregory Warner, the goal is to root out some of the deep myths and fears around the subject.  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

Shoreline Development Boom Within the Adirondack Park Prompts Zoning Debates

One of the great myths of the Adirondack Park is that state zoning regulations restrict or at least shape most development on private land. In fact, much of the real estate boom of the last decade has taken place on shorelines. Thousands of homes have been built in lakefront areas that are largely exempt from Park Agency control. As Brian Mann reports, critics of the zoning plan say the result has been a disaster for lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Clean Energy Business Park Planned

Upstate New York will soon be the home of a clean energy business park. It'll be one of the first business parks in the U.S. specifically designed for companies that develop clean energy technology. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brodie has more.  Go to full article

Sprawl Versus Farmland, Part 1

This spring, 135 people from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana took a trip to the east coast to get ideas about containing development and protecting farmland. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Julie Grant has this first report in a two-part series.  Go to full article

Waterfront Real Estate Boom: Adirondack Development Series, Part 2

One of the great myths of the Adirondack Park is that state zoning laws restrict or at least shape most development on private land. In fact, much of the real estate boom of the last decade has taken place on shorelines. Thousands of homes have been built in lakefront areas that are largely exempt from Park Agency control. As Brian Mann reports, critics of the zoning plan say the result has been a disaster for lakes and ponds.  Go to full article

Adirondack Development: Thirty Years After Park Agency Act, Industry and Sprawl Are Reshaped

For three decades, the Adirondack Park Agency has shaped and restricted use of private land in the Adirondacks. The Agency's regulations affect thousands of property owners and more than 3.5 million acres of land. They're viewed as a model by pro-environment groups, but some locals say the zoning plan has damaged small towns and villages. In this first of a two-part series, Brian Mann assesses the Act's impact on the region. Today, he looks at two types of development where the regulations have meant dramatic changes: rural sprawl and heavy industry.  Go to full article

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