Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages
June 19, 2017
AATV ANNUAL MEETING
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
January 12, 2017
SMART GROWTH GRANTS
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
DANZER FORESTLANDS EASEMENT
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
APA LAND CLASSIFICATION
AATV SUPPORTS ALTERNATIVE 1 for BOREAS PONDS TRACT
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.
Watch video of the Boreas Tract at ACCESS the ADIRONDACKS:
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: http://apa.ny.gov/
January 01, 2017
HEALTH and SAFETY LAND BANK
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
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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