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Residents, legislators seek balanced APA

"There are another two handfuls of business looking to move into this region," said LaValley, "but they're waiting for the ACR to be approved.

Sayward mentioned the possibility of trying to establish an "economic arm" to the Adirondack Park Agency that would allow economic impact development projects to be weighed in the review process and hopefully allow such projects to be permitted faster.

Some hinted the addition of economic-focused staff at the APA may be timely amidst the pending retirement of Steve Erman, the agency's former Special Assistant for Economic Affairs.

"We're going to be looking at how to fill that position," said APA Executive Director Terry Martino, who called the concept of an economic "branch" at the APA "something we would encourage talking further about."

Martino called the dialogue at the meeting "refreshing" and noted some of the ideas currently being considered within the APA to benefit communities in the park, such as using the money collected from penalties and fines in a "planning fund" to be used by Adirondack towns and villages.

"I think the comments tonight were fantastic," said Duprey, expressing optimism for reform through collaboration.

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