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Land Swap is a Win-Win Proposition for Adirondacks

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We believe this is a perfect example of cooperative, common-sense, bipartisan government. The proposal was overwhelmingly supported by both houses of the state Legislature, and has the backing of the Adirondack Council, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, Unshackle Upstate, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, United Steelworkers and New York AFL-CIO, among many others.

As the supervisors of the towns of Lewis and Willsboro, we see firsthand every day how important NYCO is to our region. The company has a $53 million payroll, spends more than $2 million a year with other local businesses, pays more than $200,000 in local school and property taxes and is a generous supporter of many community organizations. In addition, NYCO employees volunteer with our local fire and emergency squads, as youth sports coaches, and with many other community organizations.

NYCO is truly invaluable to our region. Lot 8 on the other hand is a little-used, difficult-to-access, swath of land that can be temporarily put to productive use to the benefit of the Adirondack economy by mining a natural Adirondack resource in an environmentally responsible way.

 The Adirondack Land Swap truly is a win-win proposition for our region, and we encourage your Yes vote on Election Day. But don’t stop there. This proposition must be approved by voters across the state. So please reach out to your family and friends and ask them to vote Yes, too. You can find more information at www.adirondacklandswap.com.

David Blades, Supervisor

Town of Lewis

Ed Hatch, Supervisor

Town of Willsboro

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