2011 Agenda - Adirondack Association of Towns _ Villages by yaofenji

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									       Dear Elected Officials and Residents of the Adirondacks:

 On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to present the Adirondack Association
of Towns & Villages 2011 Legislative Agenda. This booklet provides a summary of the
important issues we will be working on from Ray Brook to Albany during the coming
year. I encourage each of you to join us, as we work together to ensure the future of our
communities.

 The 2011 Agenda consists of those resolutions adopted by our local Town and Village
Boards and two broader goals or priorities that are designed to address the economic
sustainability of our communities.

  The Priorities are those issues that impact the Adirondack Region enormously; they
include the promotion of universal broadband communications and developing a regional
partnership of public/private resources to create opportunities both locally and regionally.

 The Resolutions address what are considered important issues by member Towns and
Villages throughout park. They have been adopted by their local elected boards and
forwarded to the General Membership and/or Board of Directors for consideration and
adoption.

 The Board of Directors is providing every Adirondack elected official with a copy of
this annual booklet, and have forwarded copies to the Honorable Governor, members of
the Senate and Assembly, and all departments, divisions and agencies that influence the
Adirondacks.

 I encourage each of our elected officials to attend the annual meeting in June in Lake
Placid to discuss the important topics that concern our communities.

In addition, please find the names and phone numbers of the Board of Directors located
in the back of the booklet, if we can be of any assistance to your Town or Village, please
do not hesitate to contact us.

         Brian Towers                                   Carol Hart
         President                                      Administrative Director
         president@aatvny.org                           aatv@aatvny.org


                Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages
                                     P.O. Box 777
                               Mayfield, New York 12117
                                 Tel: (518) 661-7622
                                 Fax: (518) 661-7623
                                email: aatv@aatvny.org
                               Website: www.aatvny.org


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                                 TABLE OF CONTENTS

Primary Positions ........................................................................... 3

Priority Initiatives .......................................................................... 4

Associate Members Listing ..................................................... 13-16

Resolutions:

     Adirondack Park Agency Reform............................................. 5

     Support of Continued State Tax Payments on
     State-Owned Land in the Adirondacks ..................................... 7

     Urging NYS to Reduce Unfunded Mandates before
     Imposing a Cap on Local Property Taxes ................................. 9

     Support of a Comprehensive Review of the
     Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan ............................... 10

     Regarding the Disposition of Alleged
     Adirondack Park Agency Violations ...................................... 11

     Calling for a Constitutional Amendment
     To Create a Land Bank within the Adirondack Park .............. 12

     Requesting Legislation to Encourage the
     Creation of Affordable Housing in the Adirondacks .............. 17

     Requesting Amendment to Highway Law Section 212 .......... 19

     Supporting Remediation & Redevelopment of J&L Steel ..... 21

Directory - Board of Directors ...................................................... 23

State Legislator Contact Information ............................................ 25

Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project ............................ 26
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                            PRIMARY POSITIONS

The people of the Adirondack towns and villages must be permitted to live and work in
the Adirondacks as they have for centuries and their independent way of life must be
preserved.

Local governments in the Adirondacks must be permitted to exercise their legitimate
function in land use planning and regulation within their jurisdiction.

Adirondack residents and governments must have adequate representation on the
Adirondack Park Agency.

Adirondack residents and governments must have adequate representation on all
committees, commissions, task forces, studies, etc. involved in fact finding,
recommendations and establishment of policy with respect to the region, and they must
also be involved in all decision making on Adirondack issues with all state agencies and
at the highest levels of state government.

Adirondack local governments must be guaranteed fair and equitable assessment of state
lands and permanent and fair taxation policies on the state lands.

Adirondack local governments must be guaranteed fair, equitable and permanent tax
revenues from private lands to insure that local governments have the necessary means
to carry out their important governmental functions and to protect and enhance the
economy of the region.

The economy of the region must be improved and stabilized.

Reasonable access must be provided to residents and visitors to state lands in the
Adirondacks.

In furtherance of the above goals and positions the Association shall:

      ·   Collect, publish and distribute information relating to Adirondack town and
          village government;
      ·   Provide a forum for Adirondack town and village officials to receive and
          exchange relevant information from both the public and private sector;
      ·   Take all necessary and proper actions to preserve strong and effective town
          and village government in the Adirondacks;
      ·   Propose legislative goals for the Adirondack Region;

And do any and all other things necessary and proper to effect the above purposes and
primary positions for the benefit of the towns and villages of the Adirondacks and their
inhabitants.




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                                PRIORITY INTIATIVES
                                  UNIVERSAL BROADBAND
Although universal access to telecommunications services, including cellular coverage, is at
the core of American telecommunications law and policy, the Adirondacks have fallen far short
of achieving this goal. The Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages (AATV) believes it is
crucial to provide economical, ubiquitous high-speed Internet access across the park which
promises to create opportunities required to assure our economic survival, create new jobs and
industries, advance education and lifelong learning, inform and improve health care decision-
making, and raise living standards.
The lack of broadband access by underserved Americans is imposing great economic and social
costs, as much as $1 trillion in economic growth may be delayed due to structural and legal
limitations on U.S. broadband access. The provision of high-speed Internet access by private
industry alone is leaving behind many residents of our rural communities. In most places with
low population density, people who are willing to pay for service can’t get it because telecom
providers simple can’t validate the necessary investment. For the Adirondacks to be a full
participant in both the information age and the information economy, access to affordable
broadband service is crucial for individuals, visitors and businesses alike. It is essential that
service providers work in an open framework to ensure competitive rates and encourage leverage
of broadband assets and resources to cost-effectively address bandwidth demands.
The potential in wireless networks and a need to identify and recommend incentives that would
expand access to affordable broadband services, including government subsidies for areas not
served, is essential. The AATV calls for a mixture of reduced regulatory restrictions, government
stimulus and tax breaks to promote new investment in broadband infrastructure through-out the park.

                                 ADIRONDACK PARTNERSHIP
Maintaining and enhancing the strength of our Adirondack communities is critical to the economic
well-being and quality of life that residents and visitors alike have come to expect of the state’s
single largest asset. In recognition of this basic fact, the AATV is spearheading an effort to
develop a partnership with numerous parties that include local governments, state agencies and
non-profits that share responsibility, varied interests and benefits in the 92 towns and 11 villages
of the six million acre park.

Many of the desired partners have previously participated in a host of regional efforts including
the Common Ground Alliance Forum, which has established a cooperative basis for identification
and advancement of key priorities by the diverse stakeholders within the Adirondack Park.
During a time when local government recognizes the need to re-invent itself, the AATV believes
that it is essential to work together on a cooperative basis in order to establish a forum where
local governments, state agencies, and non-profit organizations can coordinate public-private
resources and efforts to advance those key priorities.

Initially, the partnership proposes to develop a long-term implementation plan of priority actions to
support and enhance sustainable Adirondack communities. It will also identify funding priorities for
consideration by members when applying for grants and other financial assistance, facilitate coordination
of member’s efforts and sharing of information and convene an annual forum for the purpose of reviewing
past accomplishments and discussing actions needed to further support and enhance our communities.
There is no membership fee and each community within the Park is encouraged to participate. For
further information, contact AATV or visit our website at www.aatvny.org.
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 RESOLUTION FOR ADIRONDACK PARK AGENCY REFORM

  BACKGROUND OF RESOLUTION
  The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created in response to the perceived threat
  of over-development within the six million acre Adirondack Park brought on by
  the completion of Interstate 87(Adirondack Northway) in 1967. The APA is charged
  to perform long-range planning of both public and private lands through the State
  Land Master Plan to address recreational uses of the Forest Preserve and the
  Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan to regulate the less than three
  million acres of private land in the Park;

Whereas, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created in response to the perceived
threat of over-development within the six million acre Adirondack Park brought on by
the completion of Interstate 87(Adirondack Northway) in 1967; and

Whereas, the APA is charged to perform long-range planning of both public and private
lands through the State Land Master Plan to address recreational uses of the Forest
Preserve and the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan to regulate the less
than three million acres of private land in the Park; and

Whereas, in 1973 the State Legislature granted significant discretion to the APA as to
how its laws were to be interpreted, and in 1976, due to a modification of the law at its
own urging, the APA was allowed to provide civil penalties for zoning infractions; and

Whereas, by the agencies own account, the Adirondack Park Agency Act, along with its
accompanying rules and regulations, has become a maze of complexity, subject to political
influences as it controls land use and economic development, often making decisions
that are as baseless and punitive as they are capricious. Through it ability to oppose
project applications with litigation and imposing oppressive fines, the agency acts as its
own police force requiring residents and local governments alike to cater to its whims;
and

Whereas, the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV) has long advocated
reform of the Adirondack Park Agency Act, particularly now that the state faces un-
heralded economic challenges, to eliminate the redundancy with other state agencies. It
is incumbent to simplify the complexity of acquiring permits and a renewed focus must
be placed on promoting economic development, where appropriate. It is essential that
new resources and changes to the act are required to provide local government the incentive
to institute local planning and enforcement of regulations.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED, that the AATV believes it is fundamental that local governments within
the Adirondack Park work cohesively with the Agency to specifically seek amendments
to the APA act in coming legislative sessions that will address the following issues:




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1.   Provide for a “statue of limitations” on APA violations. New York law provides
     a five-year statue of limitations for all but the most serious crimes including
     murder and treason. The APA frequently seeks to enforce alleged violations
     against innocent current property owners for actions of their predecessors in
     title who are deceased or have moved on. Currently under state law there exists
     no statue of limitations on APA Act violations.

2.   Require the Governor to appoint resident APA Commissioners from a list of
     five nominees provided by local government for each vacant seat. In addition,
     if a resident seat remained vacant for a specified time period, a nominee chosen
     by local government from the list of five be deemed appointed.

3.   Amend the APA Act to specifically authorize local governments to bring judicial
     review lawsuits, to intervene in lawsuits, and to file amicus curiae briefs in
     lawsuits involving issues important to their well-being. Currently when local
     government attempts to bring judicial review lawsuits, they are met with
     arguments by the Attorney General that they lack standing and capacity to sue a
     state administrative agency.

4.   Improve the feasibility of affordable housing projects by moving the recent
     proposed APA program bills.

5.   Amend the APA Act to cap the maximum fine the Agency is authorized to levy
     that will ensure that landowner’s due process rights are not chilled by threats of
     outrageous fines. Currently the APA Act authorizes maximum fines of $500 per
     day for each violation, but is not required to bear any relation to the severity of
     the alleged violation. The APA threatens landowners with these huge fines; then
     offers to reduce the fines if the landowner forgoes his due process right to
     challenge the alleged violation.

6.   Limit the number of requests for additional information on project applications
     and require that the requests be reasonably related to APA jurisdiction.




          Encompassing 5.8 Million acres
         the Adirondack Park is larger than
       New Jersey, Connecticut & Rhode Island
                     combined!


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    RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF CONTINUED STATE TAX
        PAYMENTS ON STATE-OWNED LAND IN THE
                    ADIRONDACKS
  BACKGROUND OF RESOLUTION
  As the State Legislature continues acquiring private lands in the Adirondacks,
  those communities that host the forest preserve sacrifice economic development.
  These communities must be assured that the state will continue to bear its
  responsibility for sharing in the costs associated with these properties rather than
  imposing these costs on the declining number of local property taxpayers whose
  ability to pay taxes has been sharply restricted by the loss of economic growth
  associated with the acquisitions
Whereas, the State Legislature first authorized New York State in 1886 to make payments
to local governments for property taxes on state-owned land, and

Whereas, since 1894, when the Adirondack Park Forest Preserve was established by
Article 7 of the state Constitution, the state has been purchasing private lands in the
Adirondack Park for inclusion in the Forest Preserve, and

Whereas, the state’s designation of millions of acres of land as Forest Preserve has
sharply reduced and in some places eliminated opportunities for most economic activity
in Adirondack Park communities, in contrast with the broad opportunities for growth
available in other communities across the state, and

Whereas, state-owned Forest Preserve comprises a majority of all property – as much as
96 percent – in some communities in the Adirondack, and

Whereas, the state Legislature authorized acquisition of private lands in the Adirondacks
as a benefit to all state residents, and as such, bears the responsibility for sharing in the
continuing costs associated with those properties, such as road maintenance and local
emergency response protection, rather than imposing these costs on the declining number
of local property taxpayers in Adirondack communities whose ability to pay taxes has
been sharply restricted by the loss of economic growth associated with the acquisitions,
and

Whereas, Adirondack Park Agency regulations have further reduced economic
opportunities on the land that remains in private ownership, thereby further restricting
job growth and economic opportunity in the region, and

Whereas, the combination of vast land ownership and heavy state regulation of private
land has helped to create an economy in many Adirondack communities that is largely
dependent on local and state government and school districts as the major employer and
economic force, and

Whereas, New York State’s determination to continue to convert more private land into
Forest Preserve in the Adirondack Park, combined with increasing Adirondack Park
Agency regulation, sets up a perpetual cycle of slow economic decline that has been only

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minimally leavened by the state’s payment of property taxes to local communities, which
if withdrawn, would cause a catastrophic collapse of essential local government services
in most Adirondack communities.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby
RESOLVED, the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages hereby calls on Governor
Paterson and the state Legislature to defer all future state acquisition of private land in
the Adirondacks until such time as the Governor and Legislature provide an irrevocable
guarantee that there will be no interruption, reduction or loss in tax payments to local
governments on Forest Preserve and other state-owned land and property on which the
state holds conservation easements in the Adirondack Park, and that these payments
continue in perpetuity.
CURRENT STATUS: The State currently faces unprecedented financial challenges
that will require cutting billions from state education and Medicaid programs along
with the loss of thousands of state jobs during this economic down-turn. Although
capping tax payments on state land is not currently being proposed by the Governor,
the communities of the park need to be constituently protected. The current economic
down-turn is an opportunity for the State to develop a plan that considers the economic
and social impact on Adirondack communities before any additional purchases of
state lands are authorized.



          The Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages (AATV)
          is a non-partisan alliance of elected local government
       officials from around the park whose sole special interest is
         the survival of our economically stressed communities.
           In 2009, the Adirondack Regional Assessment (APRAP)
       study was released, clearly portraying a park on the brink of
            collapse after nearly forty years of economic short
       sightedness. A mass exodus of couples of child bearing age,
       school enrollments decimated, emergency services unable to
        recruit volunteers and an unsustainable reliance on public
             employment were just a few of the notable points.
                 We bring this to your attention for one reason.
          The Governor must appoint and the Senate must confirm
           commissioners to the APA board who demonstrate a
          commitment to creating a park that provides economic
           sustainability to its residents, while maintaining the
        preservation of the park’s open space character, as section
                      801 of the APA Act mandates.

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   URGING NEW YORK STATE TO REDUCE UNFUNDED
    MANDATES THAT SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT LOCAL
 PROPERTY TAX INCREASES BEFORE IMPOSING A CAP ON
             LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES
  BACKGROUND
  Local governments have long served as partners in delivering the State’s most critical
  programs from education to health & human services. Over time however, the State
  has required more and more programs to be financed with local tax dollars. Simply
  capping property taxes does nothing to reduce costs. Even worse, a cap would
  simply preserve the distinction of having the highest property taxes in the nation.

Whereas, Governor Cuomo and many State Legislators support a cap on local property
tax levies, but the current crop of property tax cap proposals do nothing to reduce or
eliminate current State mandates on counties and school districts or prevent new mandates,
and
Whereas, little action has been taken by New York State to decrease or control the costs
of unfunded State mandates, which have been driving up local government property tax
levels for decades, and
Whereas, arbitrarily capping property taxes without addressing root causes would cripple
local governments within a few short years, because all non-mandated spending would
have to be eliminated to meet the cap, and
Whereas, simply capping property taxes does nothing to reduce the costs of the many
State services that counties and school districts implement at the local level; in fact it
preserves the distinction of having the highest property taxes in the nation, and
Whereas, this distinction continues to drive people and businesses out of New York and
acts as a deterrent to re-Iocation to our state, and
Whereas, the property tax cap proposal allows local boards to override the cap with a
two-thirds majority vote, thereby not only shifting costs to local governments, but also
unfairly shifting blame to local leaders for tax increases that are actually caused by the
State,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Adirondack Association of Towns
& Villages (AATV) encourages all parties, state and local, to enact legislation so that
fiscal responsibility for services resides with the level of government that has the decision-
making authority over those services; this will in turn reduce the property tax burden and
not preserve the status quo, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that AATV urges the Governor and State Legislature
not to impose a local property tax cap unless it is coupled with significant cuts in local
costs for State mandated programs that cause local property tax increases, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this Resolution be sent to Governor
Paterson, Governor-elect Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Speaker and
members of the State Legislature that represent the communities of the Adirondack Park


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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW
 OF THE ADIRONDACK PARK STATE LAND MASTER PLAN

  BACKGROUND of the State Land Master Plan (SLMP)
  The original Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan was developed in 1972 and
  required the plan to be reviewed every 5 years. The first such review was started in
  1976 and ended in 1979. It basically (1) established two additional classifications
  of state land; Administrative and Historic, (2) allowed no new facilities on State
  land without a current Unit Management Plan (UMP) in place and (3) reclassified
  84,000 acres of state land. The only other formal review was completed in 1987
  and again it took three years to complete. As outdoor recreation and use of wild
  forest lands within the Forest Preserve evolves for four season access, it is very
  important that the State Land Master Plan which defines how the Wild Forest can
  be used and is updated on a regular basis in order to continue to be an effective
  document.

Whereas, New York State currently owns in fee title or holds conservation easements of
over approximately 3,000,000 acres of land in the Adirondack Park, and;

Whereas, the use and management of these extensive holdings are governed by the
Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, and;

Whereas, the last major revision of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan took
place in 1987, and;

Whereas, current issues such as handicapped access, snowmobile trail linkages and
improper land classifications should properly be addressed in a comprehensive review
of the plan, and;

Whereas,, the Adirondack Park Agency Act provides for the request of local governments
for review of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan to be given due and fair
consideration.

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby

RESOLVED that the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages hereby respectfully
requests of the governor and the Adirondack Park Agency that the Adirondack Park
State Land Master Plan be reviewed and revised to better provide for the use and
enjoyment of the public lands in the Adirondack Park.

CURRENT STATUS: There is a growing agreement to update SLMP




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       RESOLUTION REGARDING THE DISPOSITION
  OF ALLEGED ADIRONDACK PARK AGENCY VIOLATIONS

  BACKGROUND OF RESOLUTION
  After 33 years of regulatory control of private land within the Adirondacks, the
  Adirondack Park Agency Act allows for the staff of the Agency to go back and
  enforce violations on home and business owners that accrued as far back as 1973
  with no provisions for any statute of limitations. In May of 2005, the Agency
  proposed a Department Bill 191 that would have omitted the Civil Penalty of any
  violation to any new owner of the property that purchased the land without any
  knowledge of the violation. This Bill proposal provides language that would require
  the violation to be corrected.

Whereas, the Adirondack Park Agency Act enacted by the New York State Legislature
in 1972 and the rules and regulations adopted by said agency thereafter failed to provide
any set period or limitation of time where alleged violations and or restrictions on projects
are not comprised, dismissed or allowed to lapse after a period of time, and;

Whereas, after site review of a project, the sponsor or property owner may decide not to
proceed, and;

Whereas, the grantee of the property interest in the review of the project prior to closing
would discover the un-disposed record of violation or restriction and places an undue
burden on the landowner for the sale of the real estate, and;

Whereas, it is in the best interest of all parties, including the Adirondack Park Agency,
landowner and general public that these matters be disposed of after a period of time,
and;

Whereas, there is a statue of limitations on most, if not all civil and criminal actions
under the CPLR and Code of Criminal Procedure Law of the State of New York, limiting
the period or time when actions may be commenced.

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby

RESOLVED, that the Adirondack Associations of Towns and Villages join with others
who recommend review and appropriate actions to remedy this injustice to property
owners within the Adirondack Park.

CURRENT STATUS: It was noted that this is one of the items that could fall into the
APA reform guidelines




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     RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL
    AMENDMENT TO CREATE A LAND BANK WITHIN THE
                ADIRONDACK PARK

  BACKGROUND OF RESOLUTION
  The Adirondack Park is a patchwork of Private and State ownership. This patchwork
  is unfortunately not a product of good pre-planning as to the location of some New
  York State ownership. A Land Bank, which could be used to address needs as
  basic as Clean Drinking Water and reliable Electric Power distribution,
  infrastructure, an appropriate Clear Zone for an Airport are what this resolution
  proposes to address.

Whereas, a cursory review of the Adirondack Park Forest Preserve land clearly
demonstrates a lack of pre-planning as to the location of some New York State ownership
that has created multiple hardships, and

Whereas, these hardships range from municipalities in which the State Forest Preserve
exceeds 90% of all lands, to communities where State land intertwines with community
centers preventing such basic needs as clean drinking water, reliable electric power
distribution, cemetery expansion, affordable housing, proper placement of municipal
buildings, safe roadways and other various circumstances which constitute severe
hardship, and

Whereas, the barrier to correcting these problems is Article XIV, Section 1, which states
in pertinent part “ THE LANDS OF THE STATE, NOW OWNED OR HEREAFTER
ACQUIRED, CONSTITUTING THE FOREST PRESERVE AS NOW FIXED BY LAW,
SHALL BE FOREVER KEPT AS WILD FOREST LANDS. THEY SHALL NOT BE
LEASED, SOLD, EXCHANGED, OR BE TAKEN BY ANY CORPORATION PUBLIC
OR PRIVATE”, and

Whereas, some Adirondack towns and villages have either no land, or insufficient land,
which has created the necessity for multiple land exchange amendments to meet basic
municipal infrastructure needs, most recently the passage of a bill required just to provide
safe drinking water in the Town of Long Lake.

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby

RESOLVED, that the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages hereby calls upon
the Governor and the State Legislature to work with this Association to develop a
Constitutional Amendment which will provide a Land Bank to resolve these issues in a
more permanent way.

CURRENT STATUS: The recently released Adirondack Park Local Government
Review Board “White Paper” has initiated a series of negations between the Adirondack
Park Agency, AATV and the Review Board on a number of outstanding issues in
hopes of developing a package of legislative bills to be considered.

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        AATV Welcomes the Following Associate Members
               Bernier, Carr & Associates
               327 Mullin St~Watertown, NY 13601
               www.thebcgroup.com 315.782.8130
Bernier, Carr & Associates is a multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering firm committed
to excellence, innovation, and service in meeting our clients’ challenges. We are specialists in
the feasibility planning, design, construction management of buildings, sewage and water systems
for small municipalities. In addition, our architectural division has a proven track record in the
design of municipal buildings including fire stations and police facilities, education and healthcare
facilities. Our focus on cost effective, code-compliant design, and strong construction management
is the most important aspect of our engineering philosophy. The firm provides expertise in civil,
sanitary, environmental, mechanical, electrical and structural engineering; architecture; historic
preservation; planning; code compliance; surveying; and construction management. Bernier,
Carr & Associates, P.C. is the largest full-service design firm in the North Country serving the
needs of the municipalities across the Adirondacks.


                                            The LA Group
                                            40 Long Alley~Saratoga, NY 12866
                                            www.thelagroup.com 518.587.8100
The LA Group provides environmental analysis, land planning, and civil engineering for public space
projects, colleges and institutions, parks and recreational facilities, and private initiatives. Our area
of service extends throughout the Adirondack Park and the northeast. At the heart of The LA Group
is a diverse and talented staff of licensed landscape architects, licensed civil engineers, landscape
designers, natural resource scientists, nationally certified planners, and GIS/CADD specialists. This
diverse expertise allows The LA Group to provide a comprehensive approach to land planning issues,
based on an in-depth level of natural and built physical resource analysis.


                                             Fitzgerald, Morris, Baker, Firth, P.C.
                                             16 Pearl St., POB 2017, Glens Falls, NY 12801
                                             www.fmbf-law.com 518.745.1400
Providing effective legal services to municipalities. Our practice areas include zoning, planning,
SEQRA and environmental, municipal finance, district formation, dam regulations, civil service,
and all other general area of municipal governance.


                             Barton & Loguidice, P.C.
                      290 Elwood Davis Rd, POB 3107, Syracuse, NY 13220
                      www.bartonandloguidice.com 315.457.5200
Engineers - Environmental Scientists - Planners-Landscape Architects

                                         Burnham Financial
                                         2038 Saranac Ave~Lake Placid, NY 12946
                                         www.burnhamsolutions.com 518.523.8100
Burnham Financial provides municipalities and public organizations with brokerage, consulting
, and communication services related to employee benefit programs. For over 30 years Burnham
Financial has helped municipalities select, understand, and communicate their employees benefits.
As one of the largest independent employee benefit brokerage firms in the State, we have the
knowledge, skills, and most importantly, the people, to help employers implement options that
result in cost savings, and increased employee satisfaction, the two most common goals for
employers today.
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        AATV Welcomes the Following Associate Members

                                         O’Brien & Gere
                                         5000 Brittonfield Parkway, E. Syracuse, NY 13057
                                         315.437.6100
O’Brien & Gere creates value-based solutions for its clients with the focus, determination, and
entrepreneurial spirit that is unparalleled in the engineering & project delivery industry. We provide
Environmental, Water and Capital & Facilities solutions through a 360 degree life-cycle delivery
model that integrates our core business, technology and innovation. The values that govern our
business are the basis tenets that have guided O’Brien & Gere for more than 60 years.


                            Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.
                            137 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
                            www.townelaw.com 518.587.7300
A Full service firm-specializing in corporate and commercial law with a strong insurance defense
as well as family and matrimonial law, labor law and employment law.



                 Rose & Kiernan
                 6 East Washington St, Glens Falls, NY 12801
                 www.rkinsurance.com 800.242.4433 X 4441 or 518.745.8539
Rose & Kiernan is an employee owned insurance agency, selling and serving all forms of insurance
to New York State municipalities. We support the goals of the Adirondack Association of Towns
& Villages.




                 Clark Patterson Lee
                 540 Broadway 3rd Floor Suite 3B, Albany, NY 12207
                 www.clarkpatterson.com 518.463.4107
The professionals at Clark Patterson Lee have been serving state, municipal, healthcare, education
and corporate clients since 1975, providing design services of exceptional quality and value. We
have a staff of over 200 dedicated professionals, and offer expertise in architecture, engineering,
planning and construction. We maintain offices in New York, Georgia, North Carolina and South
Carolina. Our New York State offices are located in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Corning,
Newburgh, Olean and Ticonderoga.



                               CLA Site Landscape Architecture, Engineering
                               & Planning, PC
                               157 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
                               www.clasite.com 518.584.8661

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        AATV Welcomes the Following Associate Members


                          Chazen Companies
                          547 River St, Troy, NY 12180
                          www.chazencompanies.com 518.273.0055
Founded in 1947, The Chazen Companies provide a wide range of services to meet the needs of
communities in Upstate New York. We work closely with planning, zoning, town and village
boards, assisting decision makers in protecting and improving their communities. Our portfolio
spans civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental consulting, infrastructure
management, landscape architecture, and construction inspection services. We also offer grant
writing to help local governments efficiently source funds for planning and infrastructure needs.


                   Association of Towns
                   150 State Street, Albany, NY 12207
                   www.nytowns.org 518.465.7933
The Association of Towns of the State of New York was established in 1933 to help towns obtain
greater economy and efficiency. The Association serves town governments by providing training
programs, research and information services, technical assistance, legal services, computer
software programs, insurance programs and a variety of publications to member towns. It
represents town governments by providing advocacy in Albany, monitoring legislation and
regulatory action, lobbying and presenting initiatives solely on behalf of towns.

                                              Lamont Engineers, PC
                                              548 Main St POB 610, Cobleskill, NY 12043
                                              www.lamontengineers.com 518.234.4028
Lamont Engineers is a consulting engineering firm specializing in civil engineering for
communities in upstate New York. Lamont Engineers assists communities with planning, funding,
procurement, project administration, engineering studies, engineering design, bidding, and
construction supervision for the Water Supply, Treatment and Distribution; Wastewater Collection,
Treatment and Sludge Disposal; Stormwater Management; General Civil Engineering;
Environmental and Sanitary Engineering; Municipal Buildings and Site Planning.

Bollam, Sheedy, Torani & Co., CPA’s, LLP
26 Computer Drive West, Albany, NY 12205
www.bstco.com 518.459.6700
BST’s Government and Municipal Services Group provides a wide range of services from
traditional auditing, accounting, and financial consulting to highly diverse and specialized services
that meet the needs of our municipal clients. Our professional team knows the complex issues,
regulations, and reporting requirements confronting NYS municipalities, and is comprised of
experts and financial specialists in governmental accounting and auditing.

                                   Digital Towpath
                                   POB 449~Barneveld, NY 13304
                                   www.digitaltowpath.org 315.520.4502
Digital Towpath e-government content management system provides local governments with an
easy-to-use, cost efficient tool, which they use to build full featured web sites.
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        AATV Welcomes the Following Associate Members

AES Northeast, PLLC
10-12 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
www.aesnortheast.com 518.561.1598
Providing engineering, planning, surveying, architectural, and construction administration
services to the Adirondack region since 1988.


Development Authority of the North Country
317 Washington Street Suite 414, Watertown, NY 13601
www.danc.org 315.785.2593
The Development Authority of the North Country is a public benefit corporation created by the
State of New York in 1985. For the past twenty-five years, it has served the interests of the North
Country by providing technical services and infrastructure which will enhance economic
opportunities and environmental stewardship in the region and promote the well being of its
communities.



                           Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC
                           451 Glen Street, POB 765, Glens Falls, NY 12801
                           www.millermannix.com 518.793.6611


McPhillips, Fitzgerald & Cullum, LLP
288 Glen Street, POB 299, Glens Fall, NY 12801
www.mfcllp.com 518.792.1174



CAPITAL PUBLIC STRATEGIES
121 State St 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12207
www.cpsalbany.com 518.432.3300
Capitol Public Strategies is one of New York’s most experienced government relations, economic
development consulting and strategic communications firms. More than 100 years of combined
experience in government, economic development and communications provides our clients with
access to key decision makers, social and political leaders and the media.

We have provided government relations, economic development consulting and communications
services to some of the nation’s most successful and respected companies, trade associations,
organizations and political figures. From the largest global corporation to small not-for-profits,
the foundation of our philosophy is to provide each and every one of our clients individual
attention and solutions tailored to their unique needs.
Whether it’s helping you navigate the halls of government or getting your message on the “front
page” of the leading media sources – we have the experience and knowledge it takes to accomplish
your goals.



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      RESOLUTION REQUESTING LEGISLATION AND
    ADIRONDACK PARK AGENCY ACTIONS DESIGNED TO
     CREATE AND/OR ENCOURAGE THE CREATION OF
      AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE ADIRONDACKS

  BACKGROUND OF RESOLUTION
  Adirondack local governments are acutely aware of the housing crisis in the
  Adirondacks. In some areas of the Adirondacks workers are unable to afford to buy
  or rent suitable housing. The Adirondack Park Agency sponsored two forums on
  affordable housing in November and December 2005. The Adirondack Park Agency
  controls housing density in the Adirondacks outside of lands classified as hamlet
  which are a tiny percentage of the lands in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Park
  Agency must be part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis.

Whereas, affordable housing is defined as housing which meets the needs of residents to
be able to purchase or rent housing within their means in a community of their choice;
and
Whereas, there is unquestionably a need for affordable housing in the Adirondacks to
provide homes for singles, young couples, seniors, large families, municipal employees,
teachers, firefighters, police and emergency medical workers; and
Whereas, there is an affordable housing crisis in the Adirondacks because the median
wage in many Adirondack communities is far less than the wage needed to support the
cost of the median priced home; and
Whereas, the wage versus housing-cost gap is widening because the purchase price of
Adirondack homes, especially homes purchased by second home buyers, is increasing at
a rate much higher than the rate of inflation; and
Whereas, there is a growing consensus that a partnership of state and local government
is needed to solve the housing problem in the Adirondacks, in light of the fact that
Adirondack communities are limited in their ability to zone land for affordable housing
by the Adirondack Park Agency Act; and
Whereas, it is not possible to build affordable housing on restrictively zoned land such
as land classified by the Adirondack Park Agency as Resource Management (43 acres),
Rural Use (8.5 acres), or low intensity (3.2 acres); and
Whereas, some Adirondack towns and villages have either no land, or insufficient land,
classified as Hamlet or Moderate Intensity by the Adirondack Park Agency and/or have
not zoned for sufficient density to allow the creation of affordable homes; and
Whereas, the lack of suitable land in areas appropriately zoned by state and local
government for affordable housing is the largest obstacle to affordable housing in the
Adirondacks; and
Whereas, complicated, confusing and overlapping regulations by multiple agencies also
lead to uncertainty and delays which drive up costs; and
Whereas, a lengthy approval process deters affordable housing projects, because it delays
the projects and increases soft costs; and
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Whereas, construction workers have been drawn into the more lucrative Adirondack
second home market, rather than the principal home market and lack incentives to build
affordable housing; and
Whereas, water and sewer infrastructure costs are higher where densities are lower and
many Adirondack communities lack water and sewer infrastructure necessary for
affordable housing, at least partially because of the low densities required by the
Adirondack Park Agency Act; and
Whereas, massive state land acquisitions since the creation of the Forest Preserve in
1885 and the enactment of the “Forever Wild” amendment to the New York State
Constitution have removed many thousands of building rights from municipalities and
have driven up housing costs by limiting the supply of land and the total building rights
in the affected towns and villages; and
Whereas, many tools are available to create or encourage the creation of affordable
housing such as state and local zoning with increased and/or bonus densities on suitable
land; the expansion of areas classified as Hamlet by the Adirondack Park Agency; the
creation of model ordinances designed to encourage affordable housing; zoning requiring
projects to include affordable housing; zoning for “mother-in-law apartments; a tax on
the transfer of second homes over a specified value dedicated to the creation of affordable
housing; expedited review of affordable housing projects; the creation of shovel-ready
sites for affordable housing; the creation of “critical housing areas” modeled after the
currently existing “critical environmental areas”
NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby
RESOLVED that the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages hereby requests
that a bill be introduced in the New York State Legislature to amend the Adirondack Park
Agency Act to add appropriate provisions to encourage the creation of affordable housing
on suitable private lands in the Adirondacks; and it is further
RESOLVED that the Adirondack Park Agency is hereby requested to create model
ordinances designed to encourage affordable housing; support hamlet expansion map
amendments proposed by towns and villages; support the creation of “critical housing
areas” for affordable housing projects; approve “shovel ready” affordable housing areas
proposed by towns and villages; expedite approval of affordable housing projects and
partner with Adirondack towns and villages in the creation of affordable housing projects
for their residents.
CURRENT STATUS: The APA proposed department bill S3367 to encourage
Adirondack community housing projects through special treatment under the overall
intensity guidelines of the APA Act by amending EL Sect 802(5) to add a provision
providing special treatment for new community housing projects which could provide
affordable primary residences. The bill does not have a sponsor in the Assembly.




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             RESOLUTION REQUESTING AMENDMENT
                 OF HIGHWAY LAW SECTION 212

  BACKGROUND OF RESOLUTION
  The State of New York has closed Town roads in the Adirondacks without the consent
  and against the wishes of the involved Towns. Highway Law Section 212 which
  has been interpreted by the courts to authorize the Commissioner of the Department
  of Environmental Conservation to close roads by Commissioner’s order should be
  repealed or amended to remove that authority, because it does not provide due
  process to residents and the involved Towns. The remaining provisions of the
  Highway Law provide a procedure for towns to close abandoned town roads and
  to discontinue maintenance on roads which do not provide access to structures by
  declaring them to be “Qualified Abandoned”.

Whereas, Highway Law Section 212 entitled “Changing location of highways over certain
lands owned and occupied by the state” provides as follows:

         “If a highway passes over or through lands wholly owned and occupied
         by the state, the location of such portion of such highway as passes
         through such lands may be altered and changed, or the same may be
         abandoned or the use thereof as a highway discontinued with the consent
         and approval of the state authority having jurisdiction or control over
         such lands by an order directing such change in location, abandonment
         or discontinuance. Such order shall contain a description of that portion
         of the highway the location of which has been changed, abandoned or
         discontinued, and a description of the new location thereof, if any, and
         shall be filed in the office of the state authority having control of such
         lands.”

Whereas, the Appellate Division held in Altona Citizens Committee, Incorporated v.
Hennessy, 77 AD2d 956 (3rd Dept., 1980) that “Section 212 as originally adopted, related
to closing or changing the location of highways passing over lands wholly owned and
occupied by the State for farm or prison purposes (L. 1920, ch. 558, s 1). In 1924, the
statute was amended to permit the application of the statute to State lands without regard
to their use (L. 1924, ch. 141). The removal of the restriction that only prison or farm
lands were covered by the statute indicates a legislative intention that closure be permitted
whenever a State purpose is endangered by a roadway on State land. To effectuate this
intention of the Legislature the occupancy requirement of section 212 of the Highway
Law should be given a liberal construction.”

Whereas, the State used Section 212 to close a road in the Town of Altona in the 1970s
despite the fact that the State did not occupy the land and despite the fact that the land
was occupied by the Ganienkeh group of Indians; and

Whereas, the State used Section 212 to close a road in the Town of Wells in the 1970s
(see Town of Wells v. New York State Department of Transportation, 90 Misc2d 535
[Sup. Ct. Hamilton County, 1977]); and
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Whereas, in December 1989 the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental
Conservation ordered the closure of a well traveled town road (Crane Pond Road) in the
Town of Schroon pursuant to Section 212, without the approval and despite the opposition
of the duly elected officials of the Town of Schroon, (see Kelly v. Jorling, 164 AD2d 181
[3rd Dept., 1990]); and

Whereas, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation proposes in
the Silver Lake Unit Management Plan recently approved by the Adirondack Park Agency
to “work with the Town of Wells”: to close the West River Road in the Town of Wells;
and

Whereas, the Town Board of the Town of Wells is adamantly opposed to the closure of
West River Road and wishes to continue to maintain it and to keep it open to the traveling
public as it has been open for many decades; and

Whereas, Highway Law Section 212 as it currently exists; and as it has been interpreted,
is a threat to the authority of the duly elected officials of the Town of Wells and their
ability to maintain their transportation system; and

Whereas, Section 212 also constitutes a threat to every town and village in the
Adirondacks which has a town and village road passing through state lands, NOW,
THEREFORE, it is hereby

RESOLVED that the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages hereby requests
that a bill be introduced in the New York State Legislature to amend Section 212 to make
it clear that Section 212 may not be used by the State to close town and village roads in
the Adirondacks, except where the lands are occupied and used by the State for prison or
farm purposes as Section 212 provided when originally enacted.

CURRENT STATUS: In May 2009, Pete Grannis, then Commissioner of the DEC,
dismissed a ticket issued to a Lake Placid resident who drove on a road in the Sentinel
Range Wilderness because the road had never been legally abandoned by the town
and therefore DEC had no right to ban motorized use. On February 4, 2011, DEC
Region 6 attorney Randall Young filed a brief with DEC Assistant Commissioner Louis
Alexander asking for “clarification” of whether staff “misapprehended or misapplied”
the law.




                  76% of the land in the Park
         is committed to preservation, conservation,
             recreation and resource management!


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         RESOLUTION SUPPORTING REMEDIATION AND
              REDEVELOPMENT of J & L STEEL

  BACKGROUND OF RESOLUTION
  The abandoned Jones & Laughlin (J&L) iron ore processing facility in St. Lawrence
  County is the sole source of one of the largest fuel oil spills in the history of New
  York State (estimated at over one million gallons). First reported in 1988 when oil
  appeared a ¼ mile downstream from the site at the Little River Bridge on State
  Highway 3. The plant ceased operations in 1977 and was stripped of all useful
  machinery, creating an industrial graveyard, leaving behind numerous contaminates
  and dilapidated structures that have decayed to an unsafe condition.

Whereas, the Defense Plant Corporation purchased this 54.7 acre property in 1939 to
construct and operate an iron ore processing plant during World War II, then later
transferred the property to J&L after the war, and

Whereas, the historic operation and irresponsible abandonment of this property has
caused environmental issues with various contaminants that include a substantial fuel oil
spill, poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s), asbestos, mercury and lead paint, all which
have prevented, prohibited or otherwise discouraged an economically feasible
redevelopment of this property, and

Whereas, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil contaminated miles of the Little River
shoreline creating a substantial loss in the quantity and quality of wildlife in and around
the river, impacting local recreation, tourism and businesses supported by recreational
fishing, trapping, hunting, paddle-sports, bird watching, nature watching and access to
the NYS Forest Preserve, and

Whereas, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the NYS Office of the
State Comptroller and the NYS Attorney General’s Office, through the administration
and use of the NYS Oil Spill Fund, has made a substantial impact on the oil spill, but has
been unsuccessful at removing this environmental and economic burden despite decades
of continuous efforts due to the size and magnitude of the issues present far exceeding
the resources available under that program, and

Whereas, St. Lawrence County has obtained temporary ownership of the abandoned
property for the purpose of entering the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation Environmental Restoration Program to investigate the contamination and
identify an appropriate remedy, and

Whereas, the initial Environmental Restoration Program allocation has been exhausted
and at this time is not available to effect remediation of the environmental issues associated
with this site, and

Whereas, the local Towns of Clifton and Fine along with St Lawrence County do not
have the financial resources necessary to remediate a property of this magnitude, although
remediation and reuse of this property would preserve currently undeveloped and
uncontaminated land in the Adirondack Park, and
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Whereas, once remediation of this property is accomplished, a proposed business and
light industrial park could be marketed as a development ready site that is classified for
industrial use inside the Adirondack Park providing economic relief to an Adirondack
Community and Region that has lost over 2000 jobs, and

Whereas, this property adjoins the Benson Mines open pit strip mine which is a 2849
acre property that is also classified for Industrial Use by the Adirondack Park Agency,
and

Whereas, the combined J&L and Benson Mine properties comprise nearly 20% of the
total acreage classified for Industrial Use within the Adirondack Park with suitable
roadway access, railroad access, electric power access, fiber optic access, hydroelectric
capability, frontage on the Little River and water access to the former strip mine, and

Whereas, a local Waterfront Revitalization Strategy has been developed by the Towns
of Clifton and Fine in partnership with the NYS Department of State’s Division of Coastal
Resources, creating a vision that includes improved recreational access with signage on
the Little River and redevelopment of this property, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT

RESOLVED, that the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV) hereby
joins with others who call upon the Governor and the State Legislature to:

         1. Provide complete funding to remediate the contamination left on this property.
         2. Provide complete funding for the removal of the 30 yrs of blight created by
            the irresponsible abandonment of this property.
         3. Promote reuse of this industrial property as a development ready site in the
            Adirondack Park.

CURRENT STATUS: This project is currently at an impasse because
additional contaminates were identified during the NYS DEC Environmen-
tal Restoration Grant (ERP) Investigation. The ERP program doesn’t
currently have the funding to complete the Record of Decision (ROD) that is
required to complete the investigation




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                         BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                                2011

President
Brian Towers
Supervisor Town of Wells                   Admistrative Director
Office: 518.924.7912                       Carol Hart
Home: 518.924.7623                         AATV Office: 518.661.7622
Fax: 518.924.3410                          AATV Fax: 518.661.7623
Email: wesayso@full-moon.com               Email: aatv@aatvny.org


Past President
William Farber
Supervisor Town of Morehouse
Office: 315.826.7744
Home: 315.826.3052
Fax: 315.826.3215
Email: tnmhouse@ntcnet.com



DIRECTORS AT LARGE

Gerald Delaney                             Sterling Goodspeed
Councilman Town of Saranac                 Supervisor Town of Johnsburg
Office: 518.293.6666                       Office: 518.251.2702
Cell: 518.569.7800                         Home: 518.251.4348
Fax: 518.293.7245                          Fax: 518.251.2708
Email: treeslay@hughes.net                 Email: scgstg@yahoo.com

Mark Hall                                  Cathy Moses
Supervisor Town of Fine                    Supervisor Town of Schroon
Office: 315.848.3121 x104                  Office: 518.532.7737
Fax: 315.848.3152                          Home: 518.532.7851
Email: finetownsupervisor@gmail.com        Fax: 518.532.9474
                                           Email: cmoses@schroon.net
Jean Raymond
Supervisor Town of Edinburg                George Cannon
Office: 518.863.2034                       Supervisor Town of Newcomb
Home: 518.863.4715                         Office: 518.582.3211
Fax: 518.863.2985                          Home: 518.582.3791
Email: edinburg@adelphia.net               Fax: 518.582.2061
                                           Email: adksupv@aol.com




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                         REGIONAL DIRECTORS

Region A
Roger Amell                              Alternate (Region A)
Supervisor Town of Tupper Lake
Office: 518.359.3981
Home: 518.359.9132
Fax: 518.359.2634
Email: altamont@roadrunner.com

Region B                                 Alternate (Region B)
Randy Douglas
Supervisor Town of Jay
Office: 518.647.2204
Home: 518.569.3582
Fax: 518.647.5692
Email: townofjay@charter.net

Region C                                 Alternate (Region C)
Fred Monroe                              Dan Belden
Supervisor Town of Chester               Supervisor Town of Hague
Office: 518.494.2711                     Office: 518.543.6161
Home: 518.494.3607                       Home:
Fax: 518.494.4146                        Fax: 518.543.6273
Email: fmonroe@adkreviewboard.com        Email: supervisor@townofhague.org

Region D                                 Alternate (Region D)
Robert Edwards                           Linda Kemper
Supervisor Town of Hope                  Supervisor Town of Northampton
Office: 518.863.2801                     Office: 518.863.8829 x21
Home:                                    Home:
Fax: 518.863.2724                        Fax: 518.863.6449
Email: bobnlin@frontiernet.net           Email: nhpton1@frontiernet.net

Region E                                 Alternate (Region E)
Robert Snider                            George Edwards
Supervisor Town of Clifton               Supervisor Town of Ohio
Office: 315.848.2915                     Office: 315.826.7912
Home: 315.848.2382                       Home: 315.845.6503
Fax:                                     Fax: 315.826.7031
Email: clifton@northnet.org              Email: ohio@ntcnet.com




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        ADIRONDACK PARK STATE REPRESENTATIVES
                          Governor Andrew Cuomo
                                State Capital
                          Albany, New York 12224
                    518.474.8390 or www.ny.gov/governor

SENATORS                                   ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
Honorable Hugh Farley
                                           Honorable Marc Butler
Room 412
                                           Room 318
Legislative Office Building
                                           Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12247
                                           Albany, New York 12248
518.455.2181
                                           518.455.5393
44th Senate District
                                           117th Assembly District
Honorable Elizabeth Little
                                           Honorable Tony Jordan
Room 903
                                           Room 725
Legislative Office Building
                                           Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12247
                                           Albany, New York 12248
518.455.2811
                                           518.455.5404
45th Senate District
                                           112th Assembly District
Honorable Joseph A. Griffo
                                           Honorable Janet Duprey
Room 944
                                           Room 937
Legislative Office Building
                                           Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12248
                                           Albany, New York 12248
518.455.3334
                                           518.455.5943
47th Senate District
                                           114th Assembly District
Honorable James L. Seward
                                           Honorable Teresa R. Sayward
Room 917
                                           Room 940
Legislative Office Building
                                           Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12247
                                           Albany, New York 12248
518.455.3131
                                           518.455.5565
51st Senate District
                                           113th Assembly District

                                           Honorable Ken Blankenbush
                                           Room 430
                                           Legislative Office Building
                                           Albany, New York 12248
                                           518.455.5797
                                           113th Assembly District




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                    ADIRONDACK PARK
               REGIONAL ASSESSMENT PROJECT
The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV), in partnership with
the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and the Towns of Chester
and Arietta have worked to produce the Adirondack Park Regional Assessment
Study with funding provided by the New York Department of State Quality
Communities Grant Program. The project work included outreach to 103 towns
and villages located wholly or partially within the Adirondack Park. It is a
comprehensive examination of all municipalities in the Adirondack Park and is
intended to provide important information to support Park-wide planning and policy
development. Through the utilization of personal interviews, a substantial written
survey and data from numerous sources, the Study created a detail portrait of day-
to-day life for residents of the communities within the Adirondack Park. The
information is a comprehensive resource of data for infrastructure and community
development initiatives among the local communities in the Adirondack Park.
Some interesting facts that have been documented to date include the following:
    · With a median age over 42 years, the Adirondack Park communities have a
      population base representing one of the oldest regions in the United States;
    · Residents with zip codes outside the park possess more than half of the total
      residential property value, while owning just 40% of the land;
    · According to the Office of Real Property Tax Services, more than ¾ of the
      Adirondack Park is categorized as “Wild, Forested, Conservation Lands and
      Public Parks:”
    · Throughout the Adirondacks, 48% of supervisors/mayors are full-time;
    · School enrollments in the park region have dropped by a third since 1970.
Described as a place of “people and natural wonder,” the study documents how
communities throughout the Adirondack Park are faced with the challenges of
long-term survival. The project points to a need for increased economic
development planning and infrastructure investment (water, sewer, broadband and
energy) in the Adirondack Park.
The full report and complete database is available on the Adirondack Association
of Towns and Villages website located at www.aatvny.org . The first print edition
was released in June 2009 and a second print edition in February 2010. We would
like to acknowledge the following organizations for their cooperative effort in
producing the second printing of the report:


               Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages
            Adirondack Economic Development Corporation
                  Adirondack North Country Association
              Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
                  Adirondack Regional Tourism Council
           Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce
  State University of New York Plattsburgh Technical Assistance Center/
                              CBN Connect



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The Communities With Land Inside The Adirondack Park
Town of Altona           Town of Queensbury        Town of Dannemora
Town of Fort Ann         Village of Saranac Lake   Town of Lewis
Town of Oppenheim        Town of Broadalbin        Town of Ticonderoga
Village of Corinth       Town of Horicon           Town of Day
Town of Arietta          Town of Remsen            Town of Long Lake
Town of Franklin         Village of Speculator     Town of Tupper Lake
Town of Parishville      Town of Caroga            Town of Diana
Village of Dannemora     Town of Indian Lake       Town of Lyonsdale
Town of AuSable          Town of Russia            Town of Warrensburg
Town of Greenfield       Village of Tupper Lake    Town of Dresden
Town of Peru             Town of Chester           Town of Mayfield
Village of Keeseville    Town of Inlet             Town of Watson
Town of Bellmont         Town of Saint Armand      Town of Duane
Town of Greig            Town of Chesterfield      Town of Minerva
Town of Piercefield      Town of Jay               Town of Waverly
Village of Lake George   Town of Salisbury         Town of Edinburg
Town of Benson           Town of Clare             Town of Morehouse
Town of Hadley           Town of Johnsburg         Town of Webb
Town of Pitcairn         Town of Santa Clara       Town of Elizabethtown
Village of Lake Placid   Town of Clifton           Town of Moriah
Town of Black Brook      Town of Johnstown         Town of Wells
Town of Hague            Town of Saranac           Town of Ellenburg
Town of Plattsburgh      Town of Colton            Town of Newcomb
Village of Mayfield      Town of Keene             Town of Westport
Town of Bleecker         Town of Schroon           Town of Ephratah
Town of Harrietstown     Town of Corinth           Town of North Elba
Town of Providence       Town of Lake George       Town of Willsboro
Village of Northville    Town of Stony Creek       Town of Essex
Town of Bolton           Town of Croghan           Town of North Hudson
Town of Hope             Town of Lake Luzerne      Town of Wilmington
Town of Putnam           Town of Stratford         Town of Fine
Village of Port Henry    Town of Crown Point       Town of Northampton
Town of Brighton         Town of Lake Pleasant     Town of Forestport
Town of Hopkinton        Town of Thurman           Town of Ohio

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