Tax Cap Threatens 125-Year-Old Covenant to Pay Local Taxes"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Property Rights Foundation of America,
Inc., February 12, 2009
When the New York State Legislature established the Adirondack
Forest Preserve, the Legislature followed the recommendations
of the official commission, which concluded that because the
protection of the forest "would be chiefly for the
benefit of the rest of the State," the State should
"hereafter bear taxes upon its lands in the Adirondack
region." It may take 125 years, but with control
of much of the land, preservationists control the tax base and
- "Property Rights
Around New York" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, President,
Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc. (Speech to the Building
& Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region,
White Plains, N.Y., September 11, 2008)
On the anniversary of 9/11, the insidious attempt to repeal
new building code protections of high-rise office occupants that
were the culmination of the work of the best minds in fire protection
and engineering points to the true need for government that would
protect the economy and property rights of New Yorkers by dealing
with dictatorial historic preservation, NIMBY obstruction of
local development, utility obstruction, warrantless rental inspections,
overzealous wetland protection, free-wheeling eminent domain,
and limitless preservation-oriented land acquisition.
Navigable Waterways Controversy" - By John S. Marwell,
Esq., Shamberg Marwell Davis & Hollis, Mt. Kisco, New York,
Eleventh Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights
(PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 13, 2007)
Recreationists are trying to create new rights by re-defining
the well established standard of navigability in favor of the
public at the expense of property owners. The Sierra Club and
a group within the New York State Attorney General's Office
and Department of Environmental Conservation orchestrated an
effort to pass regulations and use a test case to create a right
of passage by canoe or kayak, including extensive dragging and
portaging. The Sierra Club's test case was to send canoeists
down the shallow, rocky river through the Adirondack League Club's
53,000 acres of pristine property. The club sued the canoeists
for trespass and the state intervened in favor of the canoeists.
The Court of Appeals adhered to the traditional standard of commercial
utility but added a recreational use test, which was narrowly
defined in a settlement.
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.
Land Not Part of Preserve" - By Carol W. LaGrasse, Letter
the Editor, Published in the Hamilton County News, June
Maintaining the three million acres of private land in the
six million acre Adirondack region is essential to preserving
the local economy and culture.
Tracts in Adirondacks are Sold Privately" - By Carol W. LaGrasse
(Reprinted from N.Y. Property Rights Clearinghouse, Summer
GMO Renewable Resources Acquires 72,000 Acres in St. Lawrence
County for $25.5 Million. Except for Camps on Earlier Conservation
Easements, Hunting Club Leases to be Honored.
Citizens Council Announced - First Meeting, Colton, N.Y.,
April 24, 2003.
As a result of the threat of State acquisition of the
Hancock tract in St. Lawrence County, a new organization has
formed to give a greater voice to citizens in legislation and
policy making for the future of the Adirondacks. Hank Ford announced
the first meeting at a packed gathering of hunting clubs, local
government and legislatures at the Stillwater Club in April.
Hunters, fishermen, snowmobilers, ATV'ers, logging industries,
local government, businesses and citizens are invited.