Legislation aims to end state authority over old Adirondacks roads

Sheehan also questions why Sayward wants to exclude the Adirondacks from the rest of the state when it pertains to existing highway law.

"This bill is an attempt to attach a section to that law that says it doesn't apply inside the Adirondack Park," he said. "While that's an interesting way to approach this, there's no justification for excluding the Adirondacks from this and that the legislature's intention in the first place was to have this apply specifically to the Adirondacks."

Sayward says she started introducing this legislation long before the Old Mountain Road case began - and she admits it's not likely to survive the Assembly's Democratic majority, despite support in the state Senate.

"It will be prevented from moving through because of lobbying by environmentalists," Sayward said. "Simple as that."

Sheehan also believes the bill is more or less dead on arrival, noting that it lacks a majority sponsor. The bill is being co-sponsored in the Senate by Republican Betty Little.

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