Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages
June 19, 2017






George Cannon
June 18, 2017


                    GEORGE CANNON SERVICES

                    July 1, 2017  (Saturday)

                    1:00 - 3:00

                    Memorial Service begins at 3:00 


                    Newcomb Central School

                    5535 State Rte 28n

                    Newcomb, NY 12852 



On behalf the AATV Executive Board, it is with a heavy heart that we regret to inform you that founding member, long time President and friend to all … George Cannon passed away last evening.


Regardless of political affiliation or ideology all that came to know George were drawn like a magnet into his orbit by his gregarious nature and sincere magnetism. George earned respect and admiration from his Newcomb constituents to the corridors of power by revealing passion, knowledge of the issues, and most importantly character. He was an unintentional mentor to all of us that care for our communities. His unparalleled influence, vision and determination to make this park a better place for the people who call it home will be forever lasting.


George did not partake in the belief that those whom you passionately disagree with should also be your enemy. Rather he took every opportunity to find what we share in common to pursue a resolution. … and a friendly cocktail afterwards never hurt.


For those of us who were fortunate enough to spend time with him walking the halls of Albany in search of a balanced approach to Adirondack issues, playing a round of golf on a Sunday morning, or dining at El Quijote’s in New York … George was more than a comrade in arms … he was a true friend.!


Over the next few days this association … that he loved and carried on his back for so many years … will explore how we may pay a more lasting tribute to his life. But for now, we ask that you keep Monica, his children and the people of the Adirondacks he cared so passionately about in your thoughts and prayers







Smart Growth
January 12, 2017



Governor Cuomo has announced the availabilty of $545,000 for Smart Growth grants for Adirondack Park communities and organizations.  The deadline for applications is 2:00 pm on March 31, 2017. 




January 08, 2017



The NY State DEC and Danzer Forestlands, Inc are at a negotiation stalemate on 20,500 acres of state easement lands at Long Pond in the Town of Colton, St Lawrence County.  Approximately 30-40 camps could be lost.



January 07, 2017




AATV is steadfast in the position that Alternative 1 is the only classification that both protects the environment and allows reasonable access for all ages and abilities, including the physically fit and disabled.  This mix of both Wild Forest and Wilderness classification outlined in Alternative 1 creates a balance of protection for sensitive lands and recreational use of existing infrastructure (logging roads).  The Five Towns have significantly compromised to support this classification.  Any other alternative proposed will extinguish both tourism and new economic opportunities for the area.            


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Adirondack Park Agency Commissioners recommend proposed land classifications to Governor Cuomo, according to the guidelines and criteria of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP).  Governor Cuomo may then accept, modify, or reject the APA recommendation.        

2016 - 2017 Amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan involving the Classification and Reclassification of 54,418 acres of State Lands in the Adirondack Park which include the Boreas Ponds Tract, 32 Additional Classification Proposals, 13 Reclassification Proposals, and 56 Classifications involving map corrections.  For specific details and maps please visit:


  • The Adirondack Park Agency Act requires the Agency to classify state lands according to "their characteristics and capacity to withstand use."  Each classification level is clearly defined in the Adirondack Park State Land Use Master Plan.  We call upon the Park Agency to adhere to these requirements and definitions whenever classifying or reclassifying properties

  • We believe that many of the properties under review have the characteristics and capacity to be considered "Wild Forest" and should be classified as such.  A "Wild Forest" classification allows for reasonable access for people of all ages and abilities, and a range of recreational activities that expands the numbers of people who may be attracted to our region.  With broad recreation options comes increased visitors and economic survival for our local communities

  • New York State's acquisition, and responsible recreational management, of Adirondack properties can attract more visitors to the region and strengthen the economies of small Adirondack towns - if those properties are reasonably accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

  • Access and environmental protection are not goals in opposition.  The combination has worked well throughout much of the Adirondack Park.  Public access builds appreciation for the Adirondack forest and Adirondack communities and attracts new visitors to the region.  The Unit Management Plan process helps ensure that appropriate environmental safeguards are in place. 

  • By providing reasonable access to newly acquired properties, New York State will give recreationalists new places to visit, and relieve some of the public over-use of the Adirondack High Peaks. 

  • Making Adirondack properties accessible to children of all ages will provide parents with a valuable opportunity to teach their families about respect for the environment, and cultivate future generations of Adirondack recreationalists.

  • The classification process determines only the universe of public uses that may be allowed on the property.  Final decisions on specific allowable uses, and appropriate environmental safeguards, are not determined until the Unit Management Plan process.  We encourage the Park Agency to establish classifications that allow for reasonable access for people of all ages and abilities based upon the history and characteristics of each individual property, and to use the UMP process to apply appropriate environmental safeguards. 




January 01, 2017



AATV is an advocate for the constitutional amendment to establish a Land Bank, but is dispirited by the reduction from the originally proposed 750 acres. 


This proposed amendment to article 14 of the New York State Constitution will allow public utility lines, municipal water supply, environmental infrastructure, highway & bridge improvements, and bicycle paths on certain state lands in the Forest Preserve to be transferred to a town, village, or county without the need for an explicit constitutional amendment.  A total of no more than 250 acres shall be used where no viable alternative exists and other criteria developed by the state legislature are satisfied.  The State shall then acquire 250 acres of other lands for incorporation back into the Forest Preserve.  State legislative approval will be required prior to actual transfer of title. 



According to the NY State Constitution, a majority vote is required in two successive sessions of the NY State Legislature in order to qualify an amendment for the ballot.  First legislative session passage occurred in both the State Senate and State Assembly last session (2016).  Passage is again required by both bodies in the next session for the amendment to appear on the ballot for the voters of NY State to approve.  




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New York State with outline of Adirondack Park

The Adirondack Park consists of over six million acres which is located in the northeastern corner of New York State.  The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the 48 contiguous states and Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park would all fit into it with room to spare. There are 102 Towns and Villages located within the Adirondack Park.


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