VICs among Paterson's

"It's a significant savings in the agency's budget," he said.

The APA has been leasing the land surrounding the Paul Smith's VIC and SUNY ESF for nearly two decades, McKeever said.

"It's private land, it's not forest preserve," he said. "This year, in our budget, we reduced the cost of repaying the lease by giving the college back the opportunity to do some commercial logging and some educational programs on the property. There will be some opportunities in the future to use that land."

McKeever could not say how many jobs will be affected by the closure of the two VICs.

If closed, the Huntington Wildlife Forest land that hosts the Newcomb VIC will remain in the possession of Syracuse University and maintained by the SUNY ESF.

Newcomb Supervisor, George Canon is hopeful that VIC programs will continue to be offered despite the threat of closure.

"The town is willing to to discuss ways to keep the VIC operational," he said. "We do not, however, have the funds to operate it independently."

Canon said he will do what he can to make sure the doors of the VIC do not close on the town of Newcomb and the surrounding communities.

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