- James W. Keegan, Former Chairman, Columbia County Board of
Supervisors, to Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights
Foundation of America, Inc. Letter,
October 29, 2011.
Albert L. Wassenhove read this letter aloud at the Fifteenth
Annual Conference on Private Property Rights. In the letter,
Mr. Keegan writes, "I want to commend you on the
excellent feature front page expose you published on the Olana
versus Eger Family farm controversy in your Summer 2011 edition
of the Property Rights Clearinghouse."
- "Olana Devotees
Battle Farmer's New Communications Tower" - By Carol
W. LaGrasse, New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 15,
No. 2 (Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Summer 2011)
The National Park Service; New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation; Scenic Hudson; and the
Olana Partnership have ganged up against the Eger family farm
in Columbia County, N.Y., alleging that the replacement of a
communications tower at their farm will infringe on the view
from Olana, the estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic
- New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation letter to US Fish and
Wildlife Service, June 30, 2011 - By Christopher A. Amato,
Assistant Commissioner (8 pp. letter of the 110 pp. commentary
and technical information transmitted to comment on "Proposed
Rule to Revise the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the eastern United States,
Initiation of Status Reviews for the Gray Wolf and Eastern Wolf
This letter argues against the US FWS proposed rule change
involving reclassification of the wolves in the Northeast, and
warns that "the new National Wolf Strategy
leave wolves in the Northeast without any federal protection
and essentially abandon the possibility of wolf recovery in the
Cities, Suburb Zoos and Rural OutragesReflections on My
Career in Wildlife Management"-By Nathaniel R. Dickinson,
Wildlife Biologist, Tenth Annual National Conference on Private
Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 14, 2006)
To understand the today's alarming increase in the
conflict between different species of wildlife and man, Nate
Dickinson recalls his successful effort to restore wildlife management
in New York State to the legal mandate to maintain deer in balance
with natural food supplies, to create conditions where man and
nature can thrive in harmony. To prevent conflicts, there are
places where wildlife should not be.
Rights Bills in the New York State Legislature" - By
Jeff Williams, Assistant Director of Government Relations, New
York Farm Bureau - Speech to the Seventh Annual Conference
on Private Property Rights (PRFA, October 18, 2003)
The New York Farm Bureau's 34,000 grassroots members
succeeded in defeating a mislabeled "canned shoot"
bill, which had no acreage limitation. Open burning and light
pollution (fugitive lighting) bills threaten farmers. Tax exempt
reform legislation could relieve undue burdens on property owners.
Property Rights of Farmers: Updates in Takings and Related Case
Law" - By Jeff Williams and Leah Hurtgen, New York State
Farm Bureau (Sixth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights,
PRFA - November 16, 2002)
A broad overview of significant recent cased that have occurred
in New York State and in other parts of this country, which affect
agriculture and other land-intensive business such as logging
and will touch individual property owners: Tahoe-Sierra Preservation
Council, Inc. v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (122 S. Ct.
1465 (2002); the victorious Palazzolo v. Rhode Island
and related historic cases; Town of Lysander v. Hafner
(New York State Court of Appeals, October 18, 2001); the disappointing
Long Island Pine Barrens v. Town of Riverhead; the California
case Pronsolino v. EPA; and another Ninth Circuit case
Borden Ranch v. Army Corps of Engineers.
Peter J. LaGrasse
Warwick Zoning Battle Ends" By Carol W. LaGrasse
(PRFA, February 2002)
Farmers give a little in dispute with urban emigres. Town
drops key parts of farm preservation plan, including "Purchase
of Development Rights" and "Open Space"
Have Private Property RightsWhat Does This Mean?"
- Carol W. LaGrasse, speech sponsored by "Local,"
Warwick, N.Y., (PRFA, October 29, 2001)
This speech, at the invitation of local farmers and landowners,
addresses the combined threat of zoning farmland as "Open
Space" while pressuring farmers to sell conservation
easements, or PDR's (Purchase of Development Rights),
to preserve the character of the remaining farmland that suburbanites
moving into the area enjoy.
- "A Critical
Look at Conservation Easements" - By Carol W. LaGrasse
(Speech to Tompkins County Farm Bureau, Dryden Veterans of Foreign
Wars Hall, Dryden, N.Y., October 26, 2000)
Benefits for farmers that are attributed to conservation easements
are inaccurate, exaggerated and inequitable. The results of conservation
easements are the loss of equity and the rights to use the land.