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APA chiefs weary of criticism, ask for residents' input

The APA Act calls for the State Land Master Plan to be reopened for revision every five years, but it hasn't been substantively altered since 1987. For Monroe, this is a problem.

The laundry list of potential changes, for local officials, is much longer.

State Sen. Betty Little and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward have been championing a land-bank system as an alternative to a constitutional amendment every time a municipality needs to encroach on in-park wild forests.

Constitutional amendments often take years to pass the state legislative bodies, and more often than not are defeated by public referendum.

In November, New York voters will vote on a land swap allowing for the construction of a power line system that has already been constructed. If defeated, state officials are unsure what would come of the newly installed lines, which supply reliable energy to Tupper Lake.

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