— Since the Adirondack Park Agency was formed in the early 1970s, it has been pounded hard by both environmentalists and, especially, by pro-development advocates. It's very hard to sit between two extremes and make decisions that are not going to alienate significant numbers.
LITTLE TO SERVE ON GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY TASK FORCE
Senator Betty Little today announced she will serve on a 12-member, bipartisan senate task force to examine ways to eliminate government waste and address state agency administrative inefficiencies. The task force will conduct a statewide investigation into state spending practices.
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.
Senate effort underway to prevent unfair withholding of state income tax refunds
State Senator Betty Little is inviting local residents to visit her web site and register their support for legislation that would prevent the implementation of an unfair plan to withhold state income tax refunds.
Governor David Paterson floated the proposal last week, citing low state revenue receipts. Little and her Senate Republican colleagues are taking steps to prevent the ill-conceived plan from moving forward.
CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: February 23, 2010
ALBANY - The Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, under pressure from Gov. David Paterson's Office, voted Tuesday to approve the nomination of Peter Hornbeck to the state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners, over the objections of Sen. Betty Little and other senators.
RAY BROOK — The Senate Environmental Conservation Committee approved a controversial appointment Tuesday to the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners.
Gov. David Paterson nominated Peter Hornbeck, a canoe builder and environmentalist from Olmstedville, to serve in the APA seat held by Lake Placid businessman Arthur Lussi, who still holds the seat though his term ended June 30.
The State Senate today approved legislation (S.6700) to promote the expanded use of non-residential solar and wind electric generating systems. Senator Betty Little cosponsored the measure which amends the current “net metering” law to remove obstacles that have limited the participation of non-residential customers, including businesses, schools, municipalities and non-profits.
BEEKMANTOWN — The fight for Point au Roche State Park has begun.
Point au Roche, Macomb Reservation State Park in Schuyler Falls and the John Brown Farm in Lake Placid are among 41 parks and 14 historic sites recommended for closure by the state Office of Parks and Recreation.
The closures, announced Friday, are meant to address the office's proposed $29 million budget cut and are set to start April 1.
ALBANY — Boy Scouts from Warren County and the greater Glens Falls region were hailed and applauded Feb. 8 in the New York State Legislature as the boys represented scouts statewide on the day of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.
A group of Boy Scouts and their leaders of the Twin Rivers Council — based in Glens Falls — visited both the state Assembly and state Senate Feb. 8 and were honored by the legislators.
Gov’s office says fate of parks like John Brown Farm, Crown Point Historic Site not yet decided
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: February 16, 2010
LAKE PLACID - Although there has been talk of lists of parks that could close in New York's proposed 2010-2011 budget, a spokesman for Gov. David Paterson stressed Monday that nothing has been finalized.