TUPPER LAKE - The nonprofit group that reopened the Big Tupper Ski Area is opposing Peter Hornbeck's nomination to the Adirondack Park Agency board.
ARISE (Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving Their Economy) plans to ask the state Legislature and Gov. David Paterson to refuse to appoint Hornbeck, and to reappoint Art Lussi instead. According to a press release, the group believes Lussi has "demonstrated his concern for the area economy while balancing the natural resource issues."
Part of ARISE's mission is to develop the Adirondack Economy in general, and to specifically support the realization of the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort, a project that would raze and rebuild the current Big Tupper Ski Area and develop the land around it with about 600 luxury housing units, a marina and a restaurant.
In 2006, Hornbeck raised concerns about the project at a forum on development in the Adirondacks held at Hamilton College. He was serving as the Residents Committee's chairman at the time.
"I think this project is way too big and I don't want it to happen," Hornbeck was quoted as saying in an Enterprise report about the event.
According to the release, ARISE believes Hornbeck's positions like this threaten the well-being of the Adirondack Park.