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Harrietstown board opposes state land purchases

February 25, 2011
By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer

SARANAC LAKE - The town of Harrietstown board voted unanimously Thursday to approve a resolution opposing the fee purchase of former Finch, Pruyn timber company lands and the Follensby Pond tract by the state.

The resolution says the state shouldn't purchase new lands, given the current financial challenges faced by the state and counties, towns and villages throughout New York.

Supervisor Larry Miller said the town had been interested in the state's purchase of the 14,600-acre Follensby property, most of which is in Harrietstown, from the Adirondack chapter of the Nature Conservancy. But that was when "the state was in financial good graces," Miller said Thursday night.

"Personally I don't think this is the time to do this," he said. "I think they should hold off, and if the state gets back to the way it should be, then maybe we can look at it then. But to lay off state workers and pay these kind of monies I think is wrong."

The resolution is similar to one approved in January by the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board. Franklin County legislators and the town of Tupper Lake have also approved similar resolutions in recent weeks.


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