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Senator introduces resolution to save John Brown Farm

March 4, 2010
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

State Sen. Kevin Parker of Brooklyn introduced a resolution Wednesday opposing closing the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.

"We didn't lobby for or ask for that resolution," said Naj Wikoff of Keene Valley, who went to Albany Wednesday to advocate for keeping the historic site open. "It came as a delightful surprise to see it."

Wikoff was one of the principal organizers of the series of events last year marking the 150th anniversary of Brown's death.

Wikoff went with Martha Swan, director of John Brown Lives!, and Caroline Thompson, executive director of the Arts Council of the Northern Adirondacks.

"We spoke to how (the farm) represented an excellent collaboration between an historic site, local arts and historic organizations, and community government," Wikoff said in an e-mail.

Another resolution is being developed for the Assembly.

The state has proposed closing the historic site, which costs the state $40,000 a year to run, as part of the 2010-11 budget. The town of North Elba has expressed interest in taking over its operation if the state closes it.

There was a statewide rally in Albany Wednesday in favor of saving the 41 parks and 14 historic sites slated for closure. Wikoff said it was attended by more than 200 people, including senators and Assembly members from both parties.


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