State should appeal, turn rails into trail

To the editor:

Dear Gov. Cuomo:

My wife and I are writing to ask you to use all the legal resources of the state of New York to appeal Judge Main’s decision to stop the further construction of the multi-use trail, option 7, on 34 miles of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan.

We are not lawyers and do not understand the laws involved in this decision. What we do understand is that an entity which in 20 years has wasted the potential of this UMP continues to obstruct a plan to add an attraction that will benefit the northern Adirondacks economically. The continued obstruction of the multi-use trail plan, option 7, by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society must stop! Option 7 is a compromise that the will still leave ARPS and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad with the longest TEM (tourist, excursion and museum) railroad in the USA while providing an extra venue in the Adirondacks’ supply of attractions!

My wife and I are snowmobilers and rail trail bicyclists. We have bicycled on over 50 multi-use trails nationwide. We can, without any reservations, state to you that the multi-use trail proposed in the compromise, option 7 plan will produce one of the premier rail trails in the nation!

My wife and I have been vacationing in the Adirondacks for 20 years and now own a second home there. We are invested in the Adirondacks, heart, soul and wallet. We want to see it be a first-class tourist destination in all areas of the Adirondack Park.

However, when my wife and I travel New York state Route 30 from Tupper Lake to Northville and see all the businesses that have closed in the towns along that route, which we call “the Trail of Broken Dreams,” in the 20 years we have been traveling to the Adirondacks, we wonder if the state of the New York is really serious about developing the tourism potential of the Adirondacks. So, Governor, please have New York state appeal Judge Main’s decision and fight for the residents of the Adirondacks.

Sincerely yours,

Marcel and June Carrier

Members of Cranberry Lake Mountaineers, Childwold Sno Packers and Boondockers Snowmobile Clubs, New York State Snowmobile Association and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

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