Monroe asks Paterson to reject APA recommendation

"Mr. Walsh was an employee of the governor's office on Sept. 11 when he cast a vote on behalf of Empire State Development," Monroe wrote. "He was not a deputy or other officer of Empire State Development."

The APA saidthe Review Board's concerns about the Lows Lake classification were deliberated fully at the September agency meeting.

"Throughout the classification process, it has been stressed that Lows Lake includes a unique set of circumstances, including state purchase of the lake bed of Lows Lake," the response reads.

And, the APA contends that the water was not divided in a precedent setting fashion. The primitive classification applied to the eastern portion of the lake is a "near-wilderness classification that recognized riparian lake access rights and deeded rights for exclusive use of three state-owned islands during summer months by the Sabattis Camp, Hiawatha Council and Boy Scouts of America."

In regard to Walsh's vote, the APA simply said he continued to be the formal Empire State Development Corporation designee during the September meeting.

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