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APA legislation fails to garner Assembly support

According to APA spokesman Keith McKeever, the third bill would streamline the permitting process and allow the agency to give every potential building project its due diligence.

But for local Assemblywoman and ranking Republican on the Environmental Conservation Committee Teresa Sayward, the implication that public hearings could potentially be circumvented left her with no choice but to not sponsor the bills in their present form.

"The bills weren't in the shape we would have liked them to be," Sayward said. "There were some things that needed to be changed – the public hearing provision for one – and I expect to see them again very soon with some of these changes made."

Sayward said that Adirondack residents often feel that their opinions are ignored by state agencies.

"There has always been a bone of contention in the Adirondacks among the local people that their voices aren't heard," she said. "We thought it best to move all three bills together instead of in pieces."

The planning fund and affordable housing initiatives have gained the support of the Adirondack Local Government Review Board, but the Agency Streamlining Bill has some local officials concerned.

APA officials said they expect the bills to be reintroduced in the fall legislative session after some revisions are made.

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