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APA to lead economic policy? No way!

To the Adirondack Journal:

It looks like the environmentalists are running scared. They are desperately arguing that the Adirondack Park Agency should become the economic czar for the towns and villages in these mountains.

Their self-serving proposal is a reaction to the obstacles that are forming to their influence over the future inside the Adirondack Blue Line. The local governments are vigorously exerting leadership to grow the North Country economy. Our local leaders have faced up to the bad news about declining school enrollments, the exit of youth, and other disheartening statistics reported in the 2009 Adirondack research report that local towns and counties commissioned. These local officials are taking the lead to change the direction of the economy.

And, most ironically for the enviro-agenda, Governor Andrew Cuomo has designated economic development regions for the entire state without singling out an Adirondack region for separate treatment. Instead, he has logically divided the Adirondack area so that a part of the area is included in each economic development region containing the relevant population center where that geographic part of the Adirondacks is commercially connected.

What could be worse for the radical environmental agenda than for our Governor to have failed to confirm the environmentalists’ “Indian Reservation” concept for the Adirondacks, first officially pronounced in the 1990 report commissioned by Gov. Mario Cuomo, known as the recommendations of the Twenty-first Century Commission on the Adirondacks?

More than 20 years ago local people successfully rose up in anger against the economic and culturally destructive recommendations of that report.

The APA was a central part of the action leading up to the report and the effort to implement it. The report had been preceded a year earlier by the secret designation of the region as the U.N. Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve; the application was penned by an environmental planner at the APA. The report was followed by legislation to fully implement almost every detail, written by the APA’s then-executive director.

Isolation of the Adirondacks as a separate economic region where the APA “leads” economic policy would be the worst scenario for the future of the more than 100 towns and villages located in these 12 mountainous counties.

The sudden push by environmental powerhouses, most notably the Adirondack Council, to enthrone the detestable Adirondack Park Agency as the czar for economic development in the Adirondacks is a desperate, deceptive move.

As my beloved mother-in-law used to say: “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”

Carol W. LaGrasse

President

Property Rights, Foundation of America

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