SPC has a Full Agenda to Accomplish Lake Goals
Our accomplishments in a relatively short period of time are impressive, but much remains to be done. Not the least of which is to mount an aggressive legal defense against the lawsuit attempting to eliminate the permit system.
We are also interested in helping to find a solution to the long term financial viability of the HRBRRD through both federal and state options. We have met with elected officials in Albany to discuss the problems caused by the HRBRRD not paying their school taxes in 2009. We support the Governor’s program bill that would allow the District to borrow its own funds to help alleviate the financial problems, and have contacted our federal elected officials in Washington, DC to discuss and explore other avenues for financial help for the District. The SPC will be monitoring beneficiary studies presently being conducted at both the federal and state level, both for the impact on the Regulating District and the impact on permit holders’ permit fees.
We are continuing to monitor the attempt by the Department of Environmental Conservation to have the permit area around the lake classified as Forest Preserve. A more sensible designation is one that has been suggested by the APA as “New York State land under the control of the HRBRRD” which would be more appropriate for the flood plain which is popularly called the buffer zone.
The Regulating District’s decision to restore exclusivity is an important step toward ensuring the continued vitality of the permit system, the Regulating District, and the lake environment and economy. But this is not the end of the road. We have worked tirelessly to represent the entire lake community, both in pushing the Regulating District to restore exclusivity and in our other efforts including intervention in the Niagara Mohawk litigation. We will continue to work toward long term solutions to protect the environmental, economic and other interests of the residents and businesses surrounding Great Sacandaga Lake. We appreciate the financial support that individuals and businesses have contributed in the past year and ask for your continued support this summer to insure that we have sufficient funds to represent your legal and political interests in the future.