The lengthy battle the ACR has faced is now in the hands of the appellate court judges. On Monday, the State of New York Supreme Court, , heard oral arguments from the attorneys for Protect the Adirondacks, The Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Club and Resort regarding the Article 78 lawsuit. Jim LaValley is President of ARISE. He says the verdict could and probably will take up to 60 days to come but he is confident of a positive outcome. “Yesterday’s proceedings went well and as expected,” LaValley said. “The attorney for the plaintiff, the attorney general’s office and the attorney for the Adirondack Club and Resort each were provided 10 minutes to add to their written testimony and add any follow up information.”
“This whole proceeding is a review of whether or not the Adirondack Park Agency fulfilled their duties and responsibilities. and we’ve said right along after eight years of review that they did fulfill those duties and responsibilities.” Lavalley said “The actions by the plaintiff in my opinion are frivilous and I feel very confident that the Appellate courts will uphold the decision of the Adirondack Club and we’re looking forward to getting on to the next step because there are so many exciting things about to happen in Tupper Lake.”
Parties on the losing end of that decision will have 30 days to appeal it. The case could then go to the Court of Appeals, but only if the Appellate Division judges who made the initial decision deem it worthy. Once the case is decided, LaValley says Tupper Lake will begin a transformation from industry to tourism and the Adirondack Club and Resort will be the engine that pulls the train.