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If enviros sue state, it will cost taxpayers

November 8, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

Dear local taxpayer:

If the Adirondack Council and Protect the Adirondacks appeal the permit for the Adirondack Club and Resort, it will cost you money - just as the years of delay have. In the next 30 to 60 days, it is expected that the Adirondack Park Agency will issue a permit for the Adirondack Club. Following the issuance of the permit, there is a 60-day window for parties to appeal the Adirondack Park Agency's decision. It would appear that some of the groups opposed to the project are considering an appeal.

It is important to note that any appeal will cost every taxpayer in the state of New York. Why? Because the appeal will be filed against the Adirondack Park Agency, a state agency. That means the APA and the attorney general, as the state's attorney, will then have to expend additional resources, prepare additional paperwork and prepare to defend the action of the APA in the appellate courts in what could be a lengthy and costly legal battle - all coming at a cost to you, the taxpayer, of tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars. In addition, the ACR will be delayed at least a year, and the county, town and school district will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.

At a time when the state is cutting jobs, the preservationist groups are once again showing that they have little regard for the human ecosystem. They continue to turn their backs on the regulators and you as a taxpayer by creating further expense and creating a greater divide in the Adirondacks. Their actions do not create cooperation and trust - they create a greater mistrust and anger. The rules of the game don't matter to those groups. To them, it's all about a philosophy that has created an undue adverse impact on the people.

After eight years of input and review, and millions of dollars in concessions by the developer, is it necessary for Protect the Adirondacks and the Adirondack Council to continue to disagree with the agency that has oversight of development within the Adirondack Park? When the Adirondack Park Agency has stated that the Adirondack Club has no undue adverse impact on the environment, what more can the opposition argue?

As a last, desperate attempt to stop the project, those opposed have been trying to use personal attacks on the developer's finances and to question the project financing. The developers and the project have withstood eight years of the preservationist interference. The fiscal impacts have been reviewed under a microscope. It has been shown that the Adirondack Club is a vital and viable project for our region that does not put the local taxpayer at risk. Quite frankly, the project is none of the Council or Protect's business.

Tupper Lake has the opportunity to transform itself as a resort destination, an opportunity that will create jobs while properly balancing environmental concerns.

Given the fragile condition of our economy, are you, the taxpayer, willing to pay for the appeals that are filed by the preservationist groups?

Jim LaValley

Chairman of ARISE

Tupper Lake



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