Stiles: Review board free to comment on state land issues

Monroe says he's had numerous discussions with Stiles on whether or not it's appropriate for the review board to weigh-in on land purchases.

He says he has the chairman's support.

"State land purchases are such a large part of the agenda at the agency and they have such a big impact on the park's residents and we're sitting at the same table discussing things," Monroe said. "He has defended, in the past, the right of the review board to comment on these things. He thinks it's legitimate."

The state plans to purchase a total of about 75,000 acres from the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Officials with the Keene-based organization say 27 towns associated with the Finch lands approved the impending fee acquisitions. Further, some 90 percent of the acreage accounted for in the Finch deal is located within 11 towns, each of which passed active resolutions supporting the project.

Recently, several townships and some counties have called for the state to halt the pending purchase due to New York's fiscal crisis.

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