Senator John Bonacic Proposes Upper Delaware Greenway"
- PRFA, Summer 2004
Sen. John J. Bonacic (Rep., New Paltz) is proposing an Upper
Delaware Greenway modeled after the State's Hudson River
Greenway. The Independent Landowners Association, Long Eddy,
whose president is Noel van Swol, is opposing the carrot-and-stick
regional land use control scheme.
- 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
York Property Rights Directions"-Speech by Carol W.
LaGrasse, Cato Institute Conference-"Property Rights on
the March: Where from Here," December 1, 2006, Washington,
An overview of where property rights stand in New York, what
the directions are, and where the work for our cause has been
effective: focusing on the battle to keep land in private hands,
holding off extreme land-use regulation, the issue of conservation
easements, regional preservationist land-use battles, ubiquitous
zoning conflicts; and eminent domain.
- "Drop the
Idea, Senator Bonacic" - OpEd by Noel van Swol, Long
Eddy, N.Y. (originally published in the Sullivan County Democrat,
July 30, 2004, used by permission of Noel van Swol)
The proposed Upper Delaware Greenway "is a Trojan
horse designed to go along with the Upper Delaware Scenic River
and Route 97 Scenic Byway and impose more restrictions and ultimately
regional zoning on us."
Landowners Association letter opposing greenway for Upper Delaware
River Valley - Noel van Swol, April 16, 2004
The people have not forgotten the 25-year battle to prevent
the National Park Service from condemning the entire Upper Delaware
Valley, including all its villages and towns. This letter to
N.Y. State Senator John Bonacic warns that an Upper Delaware
greenway would be a back-door to extend National Park Service
control over private property.
- "Brief Comments
on Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (Abbreviated Transcript)"
- By Peter J. LaGrasse, Chairman, Stony Creek Board of Assessors
(PRFA, December 9, 2003)
Corridor proponents are concealing the extreme limitation
in the protection from liability for owners where trails are
located. The Heritage Corridor is a plan for a total change in
cultural orientation. Local people will not be able to afford
the taxes. If this scheme succeeds, there indigenous population
will not be able to continue to live in the area.
It Be That the Hudson Valley Heritage Plan is Actually Anti-Heritage?"
- By Nate Dickinson (PRFA, March 2, 2004)
A review of the "Hudson River Valley National
Heritage Area Management Plan." The National Park
Service and its cadre of allied agencies and not-profit organizations
lay the groundworks for a four million acre kingdom of eleven
counties in the Hudson Valley, where resource protection and
land management policies are to be coordinated in a viable regional
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor - Worth Commenting"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse (Reprinted from the New York Property
Rights Clearinghouse, Winter 2004)
The 524-mile long National Park Service Corridor is designed
to displace the current culture and population. It extends from
Buffalo to Albany, then to Lake Champlain, and includes the Cayuga-Seneca
and Oswego Canal regions, totaling 1,834 sq. mi. Eminent domain
is being used to acquire the Erie Canalway Trail. Development
rights for the entire canal were sold to one investor for only
$30,000. The Park Service does expensive public relations but
is short on real information.
County Canalway Trail Shrouded in SecrecyTrail Planned
along Champlain Canal Route through Saratoga and Washington Counties"
By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, October 22, 2002)
The New York State Canal Corporation, National
Park Service, and the New York Parks and Conservation are very
quietly garnering support for an elaborately planned proposal
with federal funding to build an uninterrupted 26-mile trail
along the active and abandoned Champlain Canal route from Waterford
through Saratoga County, to be followed by another 22 miles through
Washington County to Whitehall. The abandoned and active sections
of the canal pass through or adjacent to private houses and backyards,
businesses, farms, and other private property, but the property
owners are not being given information.