NORTH HUDSON — Legal teams moved their metaphorical chess pieces into place over the battle for Frontier Town’s future June 13 when William Russell, an attorney for Keeseville-based businessman George Moore, filed suit against Essex County and the town of North Hudson in an attempt to annul the board of supervisor’s decision to reject Moore’s bid to purchase the former theme park at a tax auction earlier this year.
While county and town officials were tight-lipped over the pending litigation, a development that is expected to stall transfer of the property until at least August when the case sees a preliminary hearing in State Supreme Court, residents of North Hudson have started to come forward in support of Town Supervisor Ronald Moore’s decision to acquire the property, an effort that he has argued will bolster the town’s sagging economic prospects.
Dan Snyder, a local resident who works across a variety of creative mediums, called the A-Frame, the landmark structure anchoring the property that George Moore acquired at a former tax sale, an important part of Adirondack history and tied its potential renewal to a larger symbolic movement sweeping the region.
“North Hudson is a classic example of a town dying,” he said. “It’s a classic example of what’s happening throughout the Adirondacks.”
Snyder said it was hard for him to view George Moore’s intentions as sincere when it came to his purchase of what remained of the wild west theme park, a popular regional destination that was shuttered in the late-1990s, and his stated intention to use the parcels as a springboard for economic renewal.
Example A, said Snyder, was the A-Frame.
“Eight years ago, it was in a lot better shape than it is now,” he said. “Mr. Moore bought it and put it up for sale, and the property has remained that way ever since. He hasn’t done anything with it, nothing.”