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State land buy in the Adirondacks bashed

More of the Adirondack Park will become public in the next five years because the state is buying the land from the Nature Conservancy.
More of the Adirondack Park will become public in the next five years because the state is buying the land from the Nature Conservancy.
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Over the next five years, more than 69,000 acres in the sprawling Adirondack Park, including more than 5,000 acres in Fulton and Saratoga counties, will become public for the first time in more than a century. The state is purchasing the land from the Nature Conservancy, an environmental group, for $47.4 million. It is pulling the money from the Environmental Protection Fund, a dedicated pot replenished by a tax on real estate transfers. The fund ...


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cracker
November 11, 2012
6:57 a.m.

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Typical NY State, spending money they don't have. The state now owns more than 40 % of the park, why do we need any more?

manjoe
November 11, 2012
7:32 a.m.

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According to the State Constitution, once the State purchases land, it cannot be returned to the private sector. This needs to be changed in 2017 when we next have a chance to improve the Constitution. The state should not own land that is more suitable for private development and that serves no crucial environmental purpose. That would boost the economy of the Adirondacks by allowing thousands of additional would-be vacation home owners to purchase and develop property. Increasing the number of privately owned vacation homes in the Adirondacks would improve the local tax picture and support jobs. Hikers and the rest have thousands of trails available to them now. They don't need more. Spending this money is a bad use of the public's money.

ed186
November 11, 2012
9:18 a.m.

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Charge the State Constitution in 2017? IMPROVE the Constitution? I don't think so. It is in there to restrict development sir, NOT increase it or in the future let it go into private hands. What do you think the state will be a bank to purchase land, then sell it? The Constitution put restrictions in there for a purpose, leave it alone. People who decide to live and work in the park have to understand it's the park and that's the way it is. If it don't fit their need move to a place that dose.

grovestand57
November 11, 2012
10:25 p.m.

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Love it or leave it ed186? The park has changed over the years. If you "know someone", you can do whatever you want. People need to be able to make a living. The park should not become larger then it already is Privately owned land should not become public, we all should however respect the land.

ed186
November 12, 2012
9:08 a.m.

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No,it has not really, except the State restricts a lot of activity and development like snowmobiling and ATV etc. And you can't do what ever you want even if you know someone. Even if you own the property. This is a park you have to respect it for what it is. I live here in the park and I like it the way it is. The building of SECOND HOMES has been prolific squeezing homes in every little space that can be found. The only think can be said is home prices are inflated and people don't live in them except a couple month a year. I think it's time to put the breaks on. If one was lucky to make a living and retire here paid off your home and BAM! the price squeeze is on. I love it here but staying has become a struggle.

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