May 12, 2013
A Membership Meeting will be held on June 3rd at the Crowne Plaza Resort and Golf Club in Lake Placid. Please see the "Membership Meeting - June" page of our website for details.
Local Government Days
April 04, 2013
LOCAL GOVERNMENT DAYS
The Annual Local Government Days Conference will be held on April 24 & 25, 2013 in Lake Placid. This is an excellent opportunity for local and state leaders as well as representatives from state agencies to work together on opportunities for our area. The agenda and registration form can be downloaded at http://apa.ny.gov/Local_Government/index.html or you can call the office at 518.661.7622 and they will be faxed or emailed to you. We hope you take the time, or send a representative from your municipality to attend and share in the information and learning sessions that have been planned. The conference is presented by the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, Adirondack Park Agency, Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, Empire State Development, NYS Department of State and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
APRAP - The Next Step
January 17, 2013
The Board of Director's for AATV is seeking qualified applicants to work with them on a mapping project as a follow up to the APRAP Project. The AATV will work with various state agencies to obtain data that will be coordinated into maps of the individual towns and villages within the Park with information such as roads, public and private owned lands, electric, gas, high speed internet and water and sewer infrastructure. The RFP is located under the APRAP Project page on the website. For further information you may contact AATV at 518.661.7622.
STATEMENT BY AATV PRESIDENT TOWERS REGARDING 69,000 ACRE OPEN SPACE ACQUISITION
August 08, 2012
"Sunday's announcement by Governor Cuomo that the taxpayers can now afford to pay $50 million dollars to protect an additional 69,000 acres of land in the Adirondacks that were not in jeopardy of being developed continues a long history of questionable land acquisition supported by extreme environmentalists and ignorance of the fragile Adirondack Park economy.
With a State that currently faces unprecedented financial challenges, taxpayer funded purchases such as these do nothing in solving the meaningful employment woes of the communities of the Adirondack Park. Removing 60,000 acres of productive forest from the wood basket that supplies fiber for making the world's finest paper, slash that will fuel the emerging bio-mass market and the countless jobs that go with these opportunities ... is not an economic hand-up, rather a boot across our necks!
The education of our children, taking care of the less fortunate and protecting the environment by using Environmental Protection Funds to upgrade sewer and water projects must be priority one - not more land purchases - particularly when the State already owns millions of acres of Forest Preserve.
The Governor missed a unique opportunity here to provide the same recreational opportunities that are being touted with this deal at a fraction of the price by purchasing the conservation easements on the majority of this land and having one of the many interested timber investment groups make the Nature Conservancy whole, not the taxpayers of New York. This would have made those truly unique areas forever wild, while insuring compliance with the State Land Master Plan by opposing fee purchase of highly productive timberland.
Now that the deal is done, we can only pray that a meaningful dialogue on lost development rights followed by Land Bank legislation can take place. The hardships created by the lack of thoughtful planning, as to the location of some State land ownership, 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, safe roadways and other various circumstances which constitute severe need. The barrier to correcting the problem of poor planning is Article XIV, 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. The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages 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."
"Burn Ban" Extension
July 10, 2012
The AATV Board of Directors is pleased to announce that working in cooperation with the NYSDEC a one year extension of the controversial "burn-ban" has been granted to those communities of the Adirondacks that have proper facilities to burn brush.
Communities will be receiving a one page form to be returned to their respective regional DEC offices. The extension is granted to June 30, 2013.
During this period the DEC will be monitoring burn area facilities to determine compliance that only brush and not garbage and other toxic wastes are being eliminated. In addition, DEC will continue to work with the AATV to explore other options as new funding streams become available at the regional level.
The AATV appreciates the efforts of Commissioner Martens and his staff to address the importance of this issue for our residents and AATV members.
Local Government Days
February 28, 2012
The 15th Annual Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference will be held on March 20 & 21, 2012 in Lake Placid at the Crowne Plaza Resort. The Conference is presented by the Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages, Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, Adirondack Park Agency, NYS Department of State, Empire State Development and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. For information regarding registration and agenda, you may access the APA website at: www.apa.state.ny.us/Local_Government/index.html
The conference is open to Supervisors, Mayors, Clerks, Town/Village Boards, Planning & Zoning Boards, Code Enforcement Officers, Zoning Administrators and interested Citizens.
ACR Project Approved
January 20, 2012
ADIRONDACK PARK AGANCY NEWS RELEASE:
Leilani Crafts Ulrich, Chairwoman
Terry Martino, Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 20, 2012
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ADIRONDACK PARK AGENCY APPROVES THE ADIRONDACK CLUB AND RESORT
LARGEST PROJECT APPROVED IN APA HISTORY
CONDITIONED TO ENSURE NO UNDUE ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL OR COMMUNITY IMPACTS
PROJECT EXPECTED TO GENERATE 140 MILLION DOLLARS IN CONSTRUCTION WAGES
AND STIMULATE 300 MILLION DOLLARS IN EARNED INCOME IN RELATED INDUSTRY
RAY BROOK, NY - On Friday, January 20, 2012 the Adirondack Park Agency voted to approve project 2005-100, the Adirondack Club and Resort. The Park Agency Board's action is the culmination of a thorough and extensive review process which included three consecutive monthly Board meetings, an adjudicatory hearing, mediation sessions, public informational meetings and a conceptual review process. The Park Agency's approval includes a project order and fourteen permits for the various project components.
Chairwoman Leilani Ulrich said, "The Adirondack Park Agency decision to approve this application represents responsible regulation resulting in a project with strong environmental protection while still providing a great opportunity for significant economic benefits to the community of Tupper Lake and the Adirondack Park. This multi-year undertaking was an immense task and I applaud APA staff and the Agency Board for their diligence and professionalism. I also extend my congratulations to the project sponsor, community leaders, advocacy groups and the hundreds of citizens involved in this monumental review process."
The project order and fourteen permits for the Adirondack Club and Resort are heavily conditioned to ensure no undue adverse impacts occur as a result of this project.
The project sponsors must strictly comply with the NYS Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act for any activities in the Raquette River recreational river area.
Deed restrictions will preserve approximately 4,600 acres of Resource Management lands on the project site, protecting open space and wildlife resources.
Implementation of approved grading, drainage, site layout, erosion and sediment control, on-site wastewater treatment, road and stormwater plans will protect soil, surface water and groundwater resources on the project site.
The project sponsor made significant changes to the original site plan design including the elimination of a neighborhood proposed on steep slopes with poor soils for on-site septic systems as well as removing a proposed shooting school due to noise concerns.
Project visibility is minimized through the use of building footprint and height limits, vegetative cutting limits, use of earth tone exterior finish materials and requiring outdoor lighting to be shielded and angled downward.
APA Executive Director Terry Martino said, "After a systematic and scrupulous review, the Adirondack Park Agency Board determined the Adirondack Club and Resort project adheres to the Adirondack Park Agency Act and Agency regulations. We believe the permits are strongly conditioned in a manner to ensure this project will not have any undue adverse environmental or community impacts. I am very proud of the outstanding work completed by Agency staff to address critical environmental concerns and ensure the necessary safe guards are in place. We wish the project sponsor and the community of Tupper Lake much success."
The Adirondack Club and Resort Project will be built in the Town of Tupper Lake, Franklin County inside the Adirondack Park. The project centers around the revitalization of the community beloved Big Tupper Ski Area. The developers plan to construct 206 single family dwellings, 125 multifamily dwellings and a 60 room inn. Plans also include redevelopment of a marina and the refurbishment of the Big Tupper Ski Area including ski lodge, ski lift and ski trail improvements.
Construction of the Adirondack Club and Resort is projected to last 15 years. During that period, the project applicant anticipates a total of $142,470,407 of direct construction wages will be paid stimulating an additional $319,133,713 in earned income for workers employed in related industries. An average annual workforce of 307 employees is estimated to be employed in the construction of the resort elements and residential units.
At full operation, the Adirondack Club and Resort is likely to employ 236 full-time workers. The regional impact of this employment is predicted to exceed $7,300,000 in yearly secondary wage impacts. In addition, the re-opening of the ski center is likely to attract 100,000 skier visits a year resulting in $22.6 million in additional tourism revenue.
Chairwoman Leilani Ulrich concluded, "The Adirondack Club and Resort project may be a transformational economic development opportunity that could help the community of Tupper Lake regain its economic vibrancy in a way that does not diminish the magnificent wild character of the Adirondack Park. We wish the project developers the best of luck and look forward to working with them and the community of Tupper Lake to bring this project to fruition."
The mission of the Adirondack Park Agency is to protect the public and private resources of the AdirondackPark through the exercise of the powers and duties of the Agency as provided by law. For more information, call the APA at (518) 891-4050 or visit http://www.apa.state.ny.us/gov.
APA Chairperson Appointment
November 10, 2011
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS AND NOMINATIONS TO THE ADIRONDACK PARK AGENCY
Leilani Crafts Ulrich to be designated as Chairwoman of the Adirondack Park Agency; Sherman Craig to be nominated as Commissioner of the Adirondack Park Agency
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the appointment of Leilani Crafts Ulrich and the nomination Sherman Craig to positions within the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). Ms. Ulrich will be designated to serve as Chairwoman of the APA and Mr. Craig will be nominated to serve as one of the Commissioners of the APA.
"The Adirondack Park is one of this nation's greatest natural resources, and I am confident that it will thrive under Lani and Sherman's leadership," said Governor Cuomo. "Both Leilani and Sherman have dedicated their lives to the preservation and development of the Park. They recognize the need to balance economic development within the Adirondacks with constant environmental protections. I look forward to working with them to further the development and preservation of this extraordinary park."
Leilani "Lani" Crafts Ulrich said, "As a resident of Old Forge in the Adirondack Park, I know firsthand the great potential of the Park. Each summer, I have worked with over 100 government agencies, towns and villages across the Park, listening to their concerns and working toward common ground on land-use issues. As Chairwoman, I look forward to using this and other community development experience to develop planning opportunities, as well as to fine-tune the regulatory process in ways that will empower communities and maximize the potential of the Park's land use while continuing to protect its world class natural resources. I thank Governor Cuomo for this exciting opportunity."
Sherman Craig said "It would be a privilege to serve as a commissioner on the APA Board and I thank Governor Cuomo for this nomination. I am pleased to be able to return to public service in New York, especially a position involving the Adirondack Park where I call home. The Park offers an abundance of unique resources, many of which I use in my business and can be leveraged to develop the local economy. I look forward to working with the Agency to help Governor Cuomo rebuild New York."
Leilani Crafts Ulrich was appointed to the APA in November 2004 and then reappointed in 2008. She moved to Old Forge permanently in 1994. In 1997, she began coordination of community discussions which grew into the Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century (CAP-21), a regional non-profit community development organization serving hamlets in Long Lake, inlet, Webb and Forestport on the western side of the Park. CAP-21 strives for balance between nature and commerce by increasing communication to build partnerships amongst diverse groups. The group supported comprehensive master planning, architectural preservation and regional planning efforts. CAP-21 assists small community groups in areas of economic development, social services expansion and recreational development. Ms. Ulrich sits on the Board of Directors of the Central Adirondack Business Association (CAA) and on the Architectural Preservation Committee of the Webb Historical Association. Regionally, she is on the Board of the Adirondack Community Housing Trust and serves as a member of the New York State delegation to the Northern Forest Center's Sustainable Economies Initiative. For her visioning work with Communities 2000, she received the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) Citizen of the Year Award. Past affiliations include the Fulton Chain of Lakes Performing Arts Council, Mountain Theatre, and the Community Chorus of Old Forge. Ms. Ulrich received her B.A. in Liberal Arts Mount Union College in 1978 and her Master Degree in Education Lesley University in 1985. She and her husband reside in Old Forge.
Sherman Craig is a retired teacher and school administrator, currently operating his own business, Wanakena Woodworks, which makes rustic and fine furniture by using local resources within the Adirondack Park. He is an active outdoors traveler and volunteer, and is a current member of several organizations including the Clifton-Fine Economic Corp, Adirondack Mountain Club, and the Waterfront Revitalization Project. He is Chairman of the 5 Ponds Partner subcommittee, managing relationships with groups associated with trail development and maintenance. His committee developed the Cranberry Lake 50 hike and assisted in the opening the Alice Brook snowmobile trail and bridge.
Previously, Mr. Craig held several positions in Pittsford, New York schools including principal, teacher, building administrator and district administrator. During his tenure as principal of a middle school, his building and district won several honors including a National School of Recognition and the New York State Governor's Excelsior Award for quality and efficiency. From 1973 to 1975, he served as Director and Headmaster of the International School of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He retired in 1999 as Assistant to the Superintendent for Technology.
Mr. Craig was raised in Rochester, New York and currently resides in Wanakena with his wife, Annette. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from SUNY Brockport and a M.A. from University of Rochester.
Senator Betty Little said "I applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo's selection of Lani Ulrich to lead the Adirondack Park Agency. I've known Lani for many years and am fully confident she will provide high-quality leadership for this agency whose decisions impact the lives and livelihoods of many I represent. As a founding member of Adirondack Common Ground, she understands that constructive dialogue between local governments, business and community leaders and environmental advocates will ensure economic needs and environmental stewardship are balanced in the Park. She understands the issues well, she's a very good listener and has the ability and interest in forging consensus. Sherman Craig, filling the vacancy of Curt Stiles, will be St. Lawrence County's first ‘in-park' commissioner. It is critical that we have all the park seats filled as this agency moves forward with a new chair and with many important projects to consider. As a small business owner, Sherman brings an important perspective to the board and is another smart choice by Governor Cuomo."
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward said, "I commend the Governor for once again listening to the local residents and taking their thoughts into consideration before making his decision. I am very pleased with his appointments and I am looking forward to working closely with both Lani Ulrich and Sherman Craig on issues that are important to the North Country and those living in the Adirondack Park."
Brian Houseal, executive director of the Adirondack Council, said, "We congratulate Governor Cuomo on his wise decision to designate Lani Ulrich as Chair of the Adirondack Park Agency and to nominate Sherman Craig to the Board. As a co-founder of the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance, Lani has demonstrated the leadership skills needed for the Park today, as we seek solutions that will benefit the Park's communities and the economy, while also protecting its environment. Sherman Craig also brings balance to the APA, with experience in both economic development and environmental stewardship."
Brian Towers, Supervisor Town of Wells and President of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV) said, "The AATV applauds Governor Cuomo for his excellent selection for APA Chair. As a sitting in-park Commissioner, Lani Ulrich embraces the principle that land preservation and open space must be balanced with the need for growth and employment opportunities for the people who call the Adirondack Park their home. Governor Cuomo should be commended for working with the AATV to make recommendations to the APA board, a practice former Governor Mario Cuomo began and he has chosen to continue. The AATV screened several candidates this year for commissioner and are also pleased with the Governor's selection of Sherman Craig from the Town of Fine, St. Lawrence County. Sherman's experience as a local businessman whose furniture business utilizes local resources is exactly the type of perspective needed on the APA board. These appointments are another example of Governor Cuomo's commitment to working with Local Governments throughout the Park and we are looking forward to working with the new Chair and Commissioner."
Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University and Co-chair of the Governor's North Country Regional Economic Development Council said, "Leilani Ulrich and Sherman Craig have proven records of partnering with diverse stakeholders to advance sustainable development in the Adirondack Park. They will be key allies in our efforts to strengthen the economy in the North Country."
Neil Woodworth, Executive Director of the Adirondack Mountain Club said, "The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) welcomes the appointment of Leilani Ulrich as chair of the Adirondack Park Agency. ADK has worked with Lani Ulrich as part of the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance, where she strove for a balance between protection of the unique and precious environment of the Adirondacks and sustainable economic development for its citizens and communities. ADK also strongly endorses the appointment of Sherman Craig as a member of the Agency Board. Through his innovative leadership in creating the Cranberry 50 trail and Little River canoe/kayak access projects, Sherman has demonstrated that public use of the Forest Preserve can promote sustainable tourism and economic development for Adirondack communities."
The Adirondack Park Agency Board consists of 11 members. By statue, the Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Secretary of State are all members. The 8 other members are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Of those 8, five members must reside full-time in the Park and three must reside full-time outside the Park. No more than 5 of the eight may be of the same political party.
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created in 1971 by the New York State Legislature to develop long-range land use plans for both public and private lands within the boundary of the Park. The APA is a New York State governmental agency with an eleven-member board. The Agency Board meets monthly to act on Park policy issues and permit applications. Agency Board meetings take place the second Thursday and Friday of each month and are open to the public.
APRAP Population and School Enrollment Update
September 08, 2011
NEW DATA INFORMATION FOR APRAP REPORT RELEASED
The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages has released an update to the Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project (APRAP) published in 2008. The update includes the 2010 Census information and school enrollment data. " Our goal is to continue with the original intent of APRAP, by providing factual base line data for our communities to use in planning without excessive interpretation" said Brian Towers, President of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages. The data is located on the left under the page "APRAP UPDATE 2011".
Welcome New Associate Members
April 13, 2011
The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages welcomes the following new Associate Members: CT Male Associates, P.C. and Fiscal Advisors & and Harris Beach, PLLC Attorney.
Click here Associate Members for contact information and a listing of all our associate members.
NYSDEC Commissioner Appointment
March 17, 2011
AATV News Release:
"Over the years, Joe Martens has proven that he has the experience, the good judgment and the knowledge of the issues that are important to the elected officials of the 103 Adirondack towns and villages that we represent and more importantly to the people that call the Adirondacks their home. Commissioner Martens has been a friend to many of us and understands the importance of striking a balance between Environmental Conservation, stewardship of New York's public lands and the economic vitality of the region. The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages applauds Governor Cuomo's appointment and the New York State Senate's confirmation of Commissioner Martens. We look forward to working closely with him and the administration," said Brian Towers, President of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages
Olympic Regional Development Support
March 17, 2011
AATV News Release:
"The Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is a vital economic engine for the Adirondack Region that helps to attracts millions in tourism dollars to our fragile economy. Governor Cuomo clearly understands the importance of ORDA and in Pat Barrett he has made the right choice for Chairmanship of the authority. Mr. Barrett is well known throughout the state for his business insight and deep commitment to public service. The people of the Adirondacks know him as one of their own. He knows the Adirondacks, our traditions and the unique challenges we face. Many of our members at the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages know Pat and have worked with him over the years. We applaud the Governor's selection and look forward to working with our friend to further our shared goals."
Association of Towns Conference
February 19, 2011
The AATV will be holding a session titled "Economics and Environment in the Adirondack Park" at the Association of Towns Conference in New York City on Tuesday, February 22nd at 1:00 pm. Check your agendas for the location when you register for the conference. You can stop by our booth for details on the session and information regarding the Hospitality Room at the Sheration. We look forward to seeing you in New York City!
Welcome Associate Members
February 19, 2011
The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages welcomes the following new associate members: Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, a legal firm from Glens Falls; Development Authority of the North Country, public benefit corporation serving the North Country and Capitol Public Strategies, a government relations, economic development and consulting firm from Albany.
Please visit our ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP page to see all the associate members. We encourage you to support those that support AATV.
June 13, 2010
The Membership Meeting of the AATV was held on June 7, 2010 in Lake Placid - thank you to those who attended and our associate members who helped sponsor the event and make it possible. For details on the meeting, go the AATV MEETINGS page of our website. The by-law cahnges that were adopted at the meeting are posted on the BY-LAWS page of our website. Thank you again to everyone involved in making it a successful meeting.
June Membership Meeting
May 04, 2010
A membership meeting will be held in Lake Placid at the High Peaks Resort on June 6 & 7, 2010.
See the AATV Meetings page of our website for information and reservation forms.
APRAP Report Updates
April 28, 2010
The complete Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project Report is available on the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages website. The full report, executive summary, database and community profiles can all be accessed online. You may also request a hard copy of the report for $25.00 (shipping and handling fee). All information can be found on the left hand sidebar under Adirondack Regional Assessment Project.
Adirondack Regional Assessment Project
June 06, 2009
Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Report Released
A long-awaited report that profiles all the 103 municipalities that comprise the Adirondack Park was released today by the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV), one of the leading sponsors of the study.
The report-the result of a two-year research effort by and for the communities of the park-is intended to provide a data-rich, factual baseline for discussion and planning of park issues at both the local and regional levels. The assessment employs a modular format detailing community life, government operations, land use, infrastructure, emergency services, education and park-wide demographics. A computer disc containing individual community profiles is included. Soon, an "Access" formatted CD will be available offering substantial information on both a community and park-wide basis.
The project began in 2007 when the AATV partnered with the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and the Towns of Arietta and Chester to secure funding through the NYS Department of State Quality Communities Grant Program. Individual municipal contributions in addition to donations from Stewart's Shops and the Arrow Financial Corporation made it possible to extend the research in certain critical areas.
Brian Towers, President of AATV, called the study "the foundation for sustainable planning of the region's diverse communities. This report represents an extraordinary collection of important, factual information about every Adirondack town and village that hopefully will be used in developing a vision to address the long range needs of our residents."
Terry Martino, Executive Director of ANCA, remarked that the report will greatly benefit the park's communities, both individually and collectively. She said, "ANCA welcomed the opportunity to participate in regional research which profiles our Adirondack Park communities. The study results provide a solid foundation for the future community and economic development planning that ANCA believes will be an important next step."
Many in-park trends differ from the rest of New York State, even in other rural areas, according to the study. It also documents that while two-thirds of all state-owned lands in New York are in the Adirondack Park, nearly all are concentrated in fewer than half of the park's municipalities. Additionally, about forty percent of the residential properties within the ‘Blue Line' are owned by individuals who live outside the park, constituting half of the total residential property value of the park, the project researchers found.
Brad Dake, Chairman of the Project Steering Committee, praised the eighty-five communities that participated in the survey portion of the study. He had similar praise for the research team, led by the LA Group of Saratoga Springs. Dake said "The reward of any research is not to confirm the expected, but to reveal the unconsidered."
The Siena Research Institute, the Center for Government Research, the Technical Assistance Center of SUNY-Plattsburgh aided in the study, along with numerous county, state and federal agencies.
Printed copies of the complete report and computer disc of all individual municipal profiles will be distributed to Adirondack town, village and legislative leaders within the next few days. The report's Executive Summary is accessible on-line at the AATV website at www.aatvny.org, where additional report copies and related CD materials also can be requested. The Executive Summary also can be seen on-line at ANCA by visiting www.adirondack.org.