Supervisors consider bridge lawsuit

"We're hopeful that this new plan is put in place," said Scozzafava. "It wouldn't solve all the problems, but it will certainly make life easier for the thousands of people who depend on that crossing on a daily basis."

Dedrick expressed frustration with the state for not making an effort to include local officials in the planning process.

"They don't even involve us at all," he said. "They're making decisions and we're being left out of the loop."

Scozzafava agreed, saying the local governments shared the goal of finding a solution and contributing to its implementation.

"Communication right now is crucial," said Scozzafava. "That's part of the reason we're in this mess to begin with."

North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi expressed concern that with ferry service established at Crown Point, the state may decide to forego repairing or replacing the bridge.

"One of the options still our there is to replace the bridge with a ferry," said County DPW Supervisor Fred Buck, "so don't think it can't happen."

"That's a fight for another day if they propose that," said Scozzafava, "but right now we need that ferry."

Dedrick also called for immediate action. Though the proposed ferry would be an icebreaker, he said it would have to be put in service before too much ice forms on the lake.

The rest of the board agreed, voting unanimously for a resolution urging both New York and Vermont to implement the new ferry as a temporary measure.

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