Conference to examine future of Adirondacks

LAKE GEORGE - A conference examining land use restrictions and property owners' rights in the Adirondacks is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 17 at Holiday Inn-Turf of Lake George - and the public is invited.

Entitled "The Adirondack Park-The Idea, The Experience, The Future," the day-long conference will feature grassroots Adirondack leaders and a number of experts on issues related to the Adirondacks, hailing primarily from the upstate region. Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., a non-profit educational organization based in Stony Creek, is hosting the event.

The speakers will address topics including, "The Takings Clause and Tony D'Elia's Dream," a talk by Sam Kazman, Senior Counsel, Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C.; "The Meaning of the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve," by Peter LaGrasse, Chairman of Stony Creek Board of Assessors); "Racketeering by the Adirondack Park Agency," by Black Brook Town Board member Howard Aubin; "Challenging Overzealous Zoning," by Mount Kisco attorney John Marwell; "Confronting APA Legislation by Regulation," a talk by by Dennis Phillips, a lawyer from Glens Falls; and many others.

The event, which will begin with registration and a breakfast snack at 8 a.m., is open to the public, Property Rights Foundation founder Carol LaGrasse said.

"Those who are concerned about the excesses of the Adirondack Park Agency and the DEC, as well as with the state's insatiable acquisition of land, are especially welcomed to join in," she said. "There will be time to dialogue with speakers after each talk and during registration and the luncheon, where all seating is open."

A "Circle of Ideas" session involving the audience and all the speakers at 4 p.m. concludes the day's sessions.

There is a $30 registration fee which includes the morning snack and buffet luncheon, but discounts are available to those who inquire, preferably in advance, LaGrasse said.

For more information, view the PRFA web site at www. prfamerica.org, contact the foundation at 696-5748 or via email at: prfa@prfamerica.org .

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