"It's a public process," he said. "It's spelled out in the APA regulations, just like how a planning board or the DEC has to have public hearings. We've followed the rules, we filed a petition for party status, and our petition explains how we have members in the project area that would be affected by it. It's not a mystery - this happens all the time."
Caffry says his organization has no intention of withdrawing its party status to the hearings, noting the group has its own supporters in the Tupper Lake area.
Some APA commissioners are concerned that 60 days won't be enough time to parse through the seemingly endless documents pertaining to the ACR project. Developer Michael Foxman has indicated that he may grant an extension if absolutely necessary.
Additionally, commissioners have received strict instruction not to gather information about the project from media reports. Board members must limit their decision to info gathered by APA staff and supplied by the developer.