STATEMENT OF GRIEVANCES
TO PROTEST THE ADIRONDACK PARK AGENCY'S UNJUST PRACTICES
AFFECTING ADIRONDACK RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS
With the exception of grievance number 13, which was acknowledged
by one Commissioner, the Adirondack Park Agency Commission did
not acknowledge these grievances at their September 8, 2005 meeting,
when Carol W. LaGrasse, President, PRFA, read this statement formally
during the public comment period. In fact, two of the commissioners
snickered and shuffled papers.
- A two-decades old "cap" on snowmobile trail
mileage is maintained by the APA. This cap was set by two
radical preservationists, who advocated "piano wire stretched
taut and chin high across the trails" at the time, according
to a recent article by one of the two.
- No new motorized access on Forest Preserve lands is
allowed by the APA, although hundreds of thousands of acres have
been acquired for the Forest Preserve since the original mileage
- Closing logging roads and destroying town highways
in the Adirondacks, against the will of local people and town
boards. Dismissing local community reverence for historic structures
that are the sole evidences of history and traditions. Destroying
community history and landmarks, eradicating the local culture.
Eliminating access to cemeteries.
- Prohibiting ATV use in the Adirondacks, in direct
disregard for packed hearing rooms filled with ATV users, where
the agency made a pretense of hearing the public, and disregard
for the local economy.
- The APA's proposed 90 day/120 day camper rule - New unworkable
regulations proposed that would so restrict the use of private
campgrounds that the rules only purpose appears to be to close
down private camp grounds on private land, with serious local
- The APA's ongoing efforts to eliminate hunting and fishing
camps, the existence of which was established by right under
Assemblyman Glenn Harris's successful negotiations with Governor
Nelson Rockefeller to allow unopposed passage of the final APA
law in 1973.
- Using the Unit Management Plan (UMP) process to close
drive-in access to small family camping spots on Forest Preserve
- New "General Permit" for single family dwellings
to squeeze property owners into accepting 35 ft. building height
measured from the lowest, not the average grade, when
the law allows 40 ft. height.
- The practice of requiring forever-wild strips between
houses and roads, in direct contravention of the compromise deleting
"aesthetic" jurisdiction over houses from highways
under the 1973 Glenn Harris negotiations.
- The APA's practice of requiring that owners build one-story,
rather than more visible two-story houses, even though the
1973 Glenn Harris amendments removed aesthetic jurisdiction related
to the view of houses from highways.
- The practice of stopping all use of some grandfathered
pre-1973 parcels on the basis of wetland or other jurisdictional
features. In addition, the APA's refusal to recognize pre-existing
- The practice of dismissing all comments by critics of
so-called "draft" UMPs and land classifications. The
APA Commissioners permit the staff to fail to convey these criticisms
orally during Commission deliberations.
- The practice of giving special consideration to comments
of radical environmental groups when the APA law requires
- The practice of sweetheart settlements to lawsuits
brought by environmental groups to close down access to the Forest
- The practice of hostility and delays and imposed costs
to emergency services wishing to establish critical communication
- The failure to provide a simple mechanism for local building
departments to warn applicants of APA jurisdiction, including
- The APA's encouragement of the use of snitches for enforcement,
thus contributing to the lowering of the moral level of the population,
pitting neighbor against neighbor.
- The APA's proposal of new law to take away much of the
little remaining environmentally sound, valuable development
allowed on lakefront lands. Large blocks of shorefront lands
are at the same time being bought up by the State for preservation.
- The cover-up of parties using APA computers for porn
and establishing a hostile workplace for women. Names of additional
men in high places other than the Executive Director Fitts, who
resigned in disgrace, are widely circulated but applicants have
no way of knowing whether they are dealing with such a person.
In addition, the APA has hired a new Executive Director, Richard
Lefebvre, who already faced similar accusations to those lodged
against Mr. Fitts.
- In summary, the APA is anti-local people, anti-community,
and anti-family. The APA treats the Adirondack people with disdain.
If the APA continues to exist, its nightmare management needs
to be fundamentally altered, and the APA made responsible to
the people over whom it wields power.
For more information, please contact:
Property Rights Foundation of America
P. O. Box 75
Stony Creek, NY 12878
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