Betty Little's posts related to Environment

Water quality was focus of Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Hearing

Senator Betty Little and Senator Antoine Thompson, chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, listen to testimony at a water-quality hearing in Albany today.  The public hearing drew testimony from experts on many issues including sewage treatment, drinking water quality, storm water infrastructure, detection of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies and aquatic invasive species.

Judge rules against towns, counties on APA shoreline regs

Judge sides with munucipalities, however, on hunting cabins and subdivisions

By MIKE LYNCH, Enterprise Outdoors Writer POSTED: November 25, 2009 

SARANAC LAKE - State Supreme Court Judge Robert Muller has ruled against nine counties and eight towns that attempted to overturn new state Adirondack Park Agency shoreline and wetland subdivision regulations, but he did rule in their favor on two other regulatory revisions.


State shouldn't buy land it can't afford


November 27, 2009 06:39 am

— "Just how is it that all of that public land ended up in the hands of private ownership?"

That is the question I was asked by a Senate colleague following a lengthy debate we had just finished on a bill specific to the Adirondack Park. I answered, because the people were there first, before the park was created and much of the land protected forever wild.

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In My Opinion -- Hold off on Adirondack land purchases until further review

Op-ed by Senator Betty LittleTuesday, November 24, 2009


PRESS REPUBLICAN EDITORIAL: Get our forests healthy again

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

— If you've ever driven up or down the Northway, you've probably noticed areas here and there where "blowdowns" have left rotting trees on the ground, suffocating new growth and providing nothing for wildlife.

Many people have wondered why the state hasn't contracted with loggers to get rid of this collection of forest-fire-threatening waste and getting those areas back into the ecological cycle.

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Land purchase moratorium proposed

By MAURY THOMPSON | Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:40 pm

Gov. David Paterson, in his state budget proposal on Tuesday, called for a one-year moratorium on forest preserve and open space acquisitions.

The moratorium would prohibit the state from buying land or conservation easements in the Adirondack Park and elsewhere in the state until at least April 2011.

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Hornbeck APA nomination rocks the boat (update)

Sen. Little wants to keep Lussi on APA board; no opposition to nomination of former NYSERDA President Valentino

By MIKE LYNCH and CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Staff Writers POSTED: February 3, 2010

The nomination of canoe maker Peter Hornbeck to a seat on the state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners has been held up in the state Senate amid local-government concerns about him being an environmental group board member.

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APA nomination illustrates big split

Pro-development groups knock recommendation for area boat builder to fill seat on agency    By BRIAN NEARING, Times Union Staff writer

First published: Thursday, February 25, 2010  ALBANY -- The potential appointment of a prominent Adirondack boat builder to the Adirondack Park Agency has highlighted the rift between conservation and development -- forces that have long butted heads over the park's direction.


Editorial: APA board needs more balance

Glens Falls Post StarPosted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 10:58 pm

Another day. Another Adirondack Park Agency horror story.

First off, relax. This isn't another one of those, "Get rid of the APA" appeals. For the time being, at least, that seems like an impractical and unrealistic short-term goal.

What's not impractical or unrealistic is appointing a membership of the APA board that represents a greater balance between the concerns of environmentalists and those of property rights advocates and developmental interests.


Garbage pickup proposal floated for Lake George islands

By DAYELIN ROMAN, | Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 1:56 pm

LAKE GEORGE -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been asked to increase camping fees on Lake George's islands next year to pay for garbage pickup that the state has proposed discontinuing.

Local officials said this week that they were hopeful the DEC will continue trash pickup on the islands after a meeting Friday with state officials to discuss the issue.

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