The battle for Cuomo's heart and mind heats up in Adirondacks

With Andrew Cuomo less than a month out from moving into the Governor's mansion, the battle for his heart and mind regarding Adirondack policy is heating up.

On Dec. 7, Karen Moreau - president of the newly formed property rights advocacy organization, the Land and Liberty Foundation - lambasted the region's state regulatory agencies in a New York Post op-ed.

In the piece, Moreau asserts Adirondack Park Agency and state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations are strangling the life out of Adirondack communities.

She said Dec. 9 although the timing of the property rights onslaught wasn't intended to correlate with the lead-up to Cuomo's inauguration, the advocacy and defense fund organization hopes it will help direct his agenda as it relates to the park.

"It really wasn't intended. It just happened to come about that way," she said. "Although the timing is very fortuitous. Obviously, from the tone of my op-ed, myself and others are hoping that Governor-elect Cuomo will take a very close look at what is happening in the Adirondacks."

Titled "Adirondack Blues," the op-ed reiterates the claim the APA is under direct control of green groups and has instituted a "de facto ban" on development in the park.

And she hopes the public campaign will get the governor-elect's ear.

"I do believe Cuomo is a serious and hard-working person and I have to assume he is paying very close attention to what is happening in the Adirondacks," she said. "The Adirondacks are somewhat a reflection of a good portion of upstate New York. Although the Adirondacks - in comparison - frankly, is on life support."

Moreau even claims the state's failed effort to sell Camp Gabriels is a direct result of potential developers fearing the APA's "wrath."

And she thinks change is needed within the regulatory agencies, particularly the APA.

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