It will also be good for the North Country because it will keep good jobs here. Some say NYCO can just mine up north and be content, but that would still mean the loss of 100-plus jobs from the North Country economy, jobs that are desperately needed.
The proposal has plenty of backing from nearly all sides of the issue. The measure is being supported by United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO, Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, local and state politicians and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
It has also received the blessing of the Elizabethtown-based Adirondack Council, a leader when it comes to watching out for the environmental interests of the Adirondack Park. Council officials said the additional 1,500 acres of Forest Preserve comprises better habitat for fish and wildlife, 3 miles of streams and has considerably more ecological value than the 200 acres which would be temporarily given up. Executive Director William Janeway further added that “the proposed land swap now exceeds our standard for supporting constitutional amendments involving the Forever Wild clause.”
In addition to the economic benefit, this land swap will be a win for the Adirondack Park, which will receive 1,500 acres of Forever Wild lands contributing to the beauty and serenity of the region we all call home. And we get our 200 acres back from NYCO once they are done mining. The land will be filled back in and reclaimed through seeding. There truly appears to be no losers in this proposed deal.
On Nov. 5, as you are deciding who your local elected leaders will be, please take a moment to look at the state propositions and vote in favor of the constitutional land swap between the state and NYCO.