Nov. 6, 2013

Coalition Thanks Supporters of the Adirondacks

Gratitude for expanding the forest while preserving jobs


The coalition of more than two dozen local governments, business organizations, and respected community leaders that advocated for two Adirondack propositions is extremely pleased both were passed by New York voters yesterday.

 “New Yorkers across the state — from Buffalo to Long Island — supported the residents of the Adirondacks and enhanced the natural treasure of the Adirondack Forest Preserve yesterday,” said William Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors and a representative of  the coalition. “Those of us who live and work in the Adirondack Park truly appreciate the support of our neighbors across the state.”

Randall Douglas, Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors, said, “We are extraordinarily grateful to our fellow citizens who voted, and to all of the members of the coalition who helped explain the importance of these two measures to the Adirondacks. The breadth of support is heartwarming as we prepare for the long Adirondack winter.”

Voters across the state approved the constitutional amendments that will increase the acreage of the forest preserve while settling century-old title disputes (proposition 4) and protecting 100 critical manufacturing jobs in the Adirondacks (proposition 5).

The coalition is comprised of:

  • Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages
  • Adirondack Landowners Association
  • Adirondack Local Government Review Board
  • Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Paul Marshall Bray (attorney and former associate counsel at NYSDEC)
  • John P. Cahill (former NYSDEC Commissioner)
  • Congressman Bill Owens
  • Congressman Chris Gibson
  • Conservative Party of New York State
  • Essex County Board of Supervisors
  • Hamilton County Board of Supervisors
  • Intercounty Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks
  • Lewis Town Board
  • Long Lake Town Board
  • New York League of Conservation Voters
  • New York State Association of Counties
  • New York State Snowmobile Association
  • North Country Chamber of Commerce
  • North Country Regional Economic Development Council
  • Peter S. Paine, Jr. (member of the commission that created the APA, and a former APA Commissioner)
  • Governor George E. Pataki
  • Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce
  • Robert F. Flacke (former APA Chairman and former DEC Commissioner)
  • Teresa Sayward (former Assembly Member and Willsboro Town Supervisor)
  • Dr. Ross Whaley (former chair of the Adirondack Park Agency and former president of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry)
  • Willsboro Town Board