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Mountains & Valleys

December 30, 2011
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

MOUNTAIN - to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for coming to Lake Placid and Saranac Lake yet again, this time on a five-day vacation between Christmas and the year's end. It's a wonderful feather in our area's cap that he seems to prefer our part of the world to all others as a getaway. We hope he keeps coming and that many others follow his example.

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MOUNTAIN - When he gets back to Albany, there's a bill he should sign, which both houses of the state Legislature have already passed. Numbered A72B, it would require government bodies to make available to the public, to the extent practicable, documents scheduled for discussion at an upcoming open meeting, before the meeting. Some local government bodies already do this - the state Adirondack Park Agency and village of Saranac Lake post documents on their websites in anticipation of meetings - but others don't. This bill wouldn't make other agencies post their documents online, but it would require that if someone requests a document set for discussion at an upcoming meeting - perhaps a development plan or a draft resolution - and the document is available and can be reproduced without too much trouble, the agency would have to provide the requested copy. That's not too much to ask and doesn't mandate any added expenses. These are, after all, public documents.

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VALLEY - Nevertheless, it's pretty hypocritical of state lawmakers to approve more open-government laws for local government agencies and not fix the glaring inequity that the Freedom of Information Law doesn't apply to them: the Assembly and Senate. That needs to change, and soon.

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MOUNTAIN - Saranac Lake and Lake Placid now offer a wealth of wonderful options for celebrating New Year's Eve, and with the whole family, too. We emphatically recommend First Night Saranac Lake, from 6 p.m. to midnight all over the village (see www.firstnightsaranaclake.org or the Weekender for details), and Skate into the New Year from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid, with a minimal fee to benefit the local food pantry.

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MOUNTAIN - The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce needs local people's help in choosing Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year awards, to be announced in February 2012. Voting ends Jan. 31, 2012. Please submit nominations for these honors online at tupper-lake.com/awards. Call the chamber at 518-359-3328 with any questions.

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MOUNTAIN - Cape Air, our local airline, has announced that in the relatively quiet month of November, its number of passengers has increased substantially every year since 2008, when it started flying in and out of the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear (airport code SLK). This November it logged 868 passengers, up 7 percent from 814 in November 2010, which was up from 790 the same month in 2009 and 655 in November 2008. And summer traffic has grown even more, prompting the Cape Cod-based airline to add a fourth daily flight that isn't federally subsidized like the other three. After 30 years of having roughly 3,000 passengers a year, the small airport now serves 11,000 annually in Cape Air's small planes.

It's no secret how Cape Air managed this major improvement in its fortunes and those of the region: by flying on time, having low prices and providing excellent customer service. It's a good business in the classic sense, and it provides a great example of how federal airport aid can be a hand up rather than a handout, as this airport's prior airlines treated it.

 
 

 

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