Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages
January 13, 2017
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.
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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: 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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