Judge rules against APA in Lewis Farm case

"Farmers can now build an unlimited number of houses," said Sheehan. "Unplanned development of that sort is a mistake."

Sheehan said that the Adirondack Council would encourage the Attorney General to appeal the decision and urge the legislature to affirm APA jurisdiction over farmworker housing, stressing that the goal was to maintain the integrity of Adirondack farmland.

APA spokesman Keith McKeever said the APA is reviewing the decision with the Attorney General's office, but would not comment on whether an appeal would be filed.

Meanwhile, the Farm Bureau is urging the state to forego an appeal.

In a letter sent to Gov. David Paterson Nov. 21, Farm Bureau President John Lincoln suggested that, especially in light of looming cuts in the state budget, it would be unwise to appeal the case.

"The state does not need to waste resources pursuing a case that has been definitively decided in favor of the farmer," Lincoln wrote. "Don't we have bigger fish to fry?"

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