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Maroun criticizes Adirondack Council's 'elitism'

Maroun claims that the state already fails in its duty to properly manage the lands it currently owns. He says there should be no discussion of purchasing additional lands due to the state's ongoing fiscal crisis.

Additionally, Maroun blasted the region's environmental organizations for doing "nothing to foster economic growth or prosperity" in the Tupper Lake area.

Maroun says he isn't against the procurement of "small, unique" parcels - but not "80,000 some acres."

Meanwhile, Adirondack Council spokesman John Sheehan says the organization respectfully disagrees with APA Chairman Curt Stiles, who last week said the Adirondack Local Government Review Board can, legally, comment on state land issues.

Sheehan says the council is on "solid ground" in its belief that the review board stepped out of line in issuing its resolution of opposition.

"However, if the chairman believes that the review board is doing something that they're entitled to do, I don't think that we need to do anything but disagree on that particular front," he said.

"It's something that I think, ultimately, will have to be decided by an independent third party," Sheehan added. "I don't think it's any reflection on Mr. Stiles that the review board has done what it's done - even though we don't think they consulted with him in the first place. We respect his opinion, even though we disagree with it."

Maroun says taxpayers in Franklin County have contributed money to the review board to aid in efforts to lobby Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers, the goal being to halt the impending fee acquisitions.

The land is currently held by the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Officials with the organization note that some 90 percent of the lands in question are located in towns that previously approved the state's purchase.

Maroun, in the interest of being "totally transparent," revealed that he belongs to the River Ridge Hunting Club, located on the Follensby tract of land.

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