Here’s an effort to present both sides of the issue relating to land acquisition byNew YorkState…. Earlier this The Governor Announced the Acquisition of 69,000 Acres of Land, one of the largest land acquisitions ever…
And Today, The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages calls upon the Governor and the State Legislature to develop a Constitutional Amendment providing a Land Bank, which, in their eyes, resolve issues created by this acquisition in a more permanent way..
Here’s an excerpt of their complaint..
“Sunday’s announcement by Governor Cuomo continues a long history of questionable land acquisition supported by extreme environmentalists and ignorance of the fragileAdirondackParkeconomy.” That’s just one of the statements which clearly shows the organizations opposition to land acquisition by the state… Carol Hart is the Executive Director of the organization… She says the state currently faces unprecedented financial challenges, and argues that taxpayer funded purchases such as these do nothing in solving the meaningful employment woes of the communities of theAdirondackPark.
In a letter to the Governor’s Office, The organization writes – “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.”
While the association’s point of view is clear, one question which is not unclear is the governor’s unwavering support for the acquisition even among dissent.. The group argues for example that The Governor missed a unique opportunity 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. They argue 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.
The group suggests there is a barrier to correcting the problem of what they call poor planning in Article 14, which they argue 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 group says a Constitutional Amendment could resolve those issues and in their minds, any amendment would limit the state’s ability to purchase conservation lands.