Fourteenth Annual National Conference
on Private Property Rights
Photo Gallery Number 2
Property Rights: The Foundation for Land Rights
Prominent attorneys John S. Marwell of Shamberg Marwell
Davis and Hollis in
Mt. Kisco and James E. Morgan of Galvin and Morgan in Delmar
answer audience questions after their addresses on the extreme
course of zoning's effects on businesses and homeowners in upstate
Carol LaGrasse's expression of PRFA's appreciation by bestowing
a set of bronze bookends to John Marwell and James Morgan backfires,
when they clown around after the first set because there was only
a single bookend for each. The second set was still in its box.
William Perry Pendley, President and Chief Legal Officer
of Mountain States Legal Foundation in Lakewood, Colorado, delivers
a point in his Keynote Address about the historic oil and gas
producers in Allegany National Forest battling environmental litigators
and the Forest Service to stop the imposition of NEPA review each
time they renew their plans to exploit their mineral rights.
Bonner R. Cohen, Ph. D., who is a Fellow at the National
Center for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., issues
a warning about the nationwide zoning implications of President
Obama's June 19 Executive Order establishing the Ocean Policy
Peter J. LaGrasse, who is the chairman of the Board of
Assessors of the Town of Stony Creek, delivered a talk about the
uncertainties of the future of the "Adirondack Tax Base."
The state's appetite for land is insatiable, and poses a grave
threat to the tax base, he warned. Photo: Carol
Wearing a "DEC-Department of the Ethically Challenged"
T-shirt, the second notoriously popular T-shirt that he and his
friends have designed, Jim McCulley took a break from updating
the conference goers on the latest developments in his battle
against DEC's compulsive drive to close Old Mountain Road to motor
vehicles. His wry smile was deserved: This year DEC was ordered
Mr. McCulley's legal fees.
The seriousness of the presentations from the Adirondacks was
continued with a talk by Susan Allen, an effort to inform
people about a new DEC quietly issued management plan for its
forest lands outside the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves.
It seems that DEC intends that these lands be treated like wilderness
Forest Preserve, also. Ms. Allen is the publisher and editor of
the independent "Adirondack Park Agency Reporter."
Traveling from Bellevue, Washington, Ron Arnold, who is
executive vice president of the Center for Defense of Free Enterprise,
entertained the people with his closing address about how to see
behind the veil of touchy-feely baby animals and fearful environmental
threats to dig out the facts about environmental organizations
on the Internet. He is shown holding a copy of his book Undue
Attorney Shiela Galvin of Galvin and Morgan in Delmar urges
people to keep fighting the closed-door meetings and threats to
free speech by government agencies, all the way from the local
town government to the state's APA, during the full-conference
"Circle of Ideas" at the end of the day. She was joined
by Albert Wassenhove, the roundtable co-chair, who is a
well-known Ghent civic leader. He likened the Columbia County
land planning board to an "octopus."
An expert with many years' experience related to legislation affecting
land issues, Kurt Christensen speaks up from the audience
about zoning battles. Among actions that he urged people to imitate
was to put up a billboard where absolutely no one can miss it.
All photos: Peter J. LaGrasse unless
Jim Kelly shared the reasons why he and his wife Susan
were successful against the Delaware County Department of Public
Works' plan to use eminent domain to rebuild the Halcottsville
bridge adjacent to the historic mill house that is now their bed
and breakfast. Helped by delays related to the economy and slow
legislative approval, his goal was reached, according to the highway
officials themselves, because he and his wife carried out a successful
international public relations campaign. Without the Kellys
going to court, the county rerouted the bridge work enough to
spare the building in its bucolic setting.
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