Recent News

Court Says Permit System is Legal - March 7, 2012

Accepting legal arguments raised by attorneys for the Sacandaga Protection Committee and the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision affirming a federal district court’s dismissal of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation’s challenge to the Great Sacandaga Lake Permit System. 

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January 2012 SPC Update

Click here to download a PDF copy of our January 2012 mailing.

Niagara Mohawk Lawsuit Update - December 3, 2011

On December 2, 2011 attorneys for the Sacandaga Protection Committee (SPC) argued to preserve the Great Sacandaga Lake Permit System at oral argument before a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.

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Niagara Mohawk Lawsuit Update - August 15, 2011

Sacandaga Protection Committee asks State Court for permission to intervene in a dispute concerning regulating district assessments.  Read more from the Daily Gazette (Sacandaga property owners' group fights utility's lawsuit, August 13, 2011) and the Recorder (Lake group gets involved in suit against district, August 12, 2011)

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SPC Summer Update - June 23, 2011

We have prepared an update of the various issues we continue to work on.  The update may be downloaded here and will be distributed to the lake community via mail and email.

HRBRRD Funding Issue Update - March 7, 2011

The Sacandaga Protection Committee has engaged the services of a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. to represent the Sacandaga Lake Community interests regarding the revenue issues that have prevented the Hudson River Black River Regulating District from paying their property taxes. 

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HRBRRD Stands Behind Re-instatement of Exclusive Use - Updated January 19, 2011

The Regulating District has started issuing permits for 2011.  As anticipated, based on the Board's action last may, the permits once again include the Exclusive Use language that had been missing for the last few years.  We are obviously pleased with the Board's decision to re-instate the Exclusive Use policy; however, we recognize that there is more work to be done with respect to enforcement of the current policy and establishing a permanent long-term solution to resolve this issue.

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SPC December 2010 Update

As winter approaches we would like to take an opportunity to provide you with an update from the Sacandaga Protection Committee.  Through the generous support of the lake community we have raised over $250,000 since our organization was formed in 2009.  We are a volunteer group and 100% of this money is used to protect the rights of the permit holders and lake community.  Here are a few of the issues we are working on:

 

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Recent News Regarding Exclusive Use - October 25, 2010

The issue of Exclusive Use is the number one priority of the SPC.  We are working with the Governor’s office and the NYS Senate and Assembly to bring a legislative solution to this matter.  Our lawyers and lobbyists are ready to continue negotiations with the new Governor and DEC Commissioner. 

A dispute involving Exclusive Use of Beach Permit has recently drawn attention in the Broadalbin area.  It is our understanding that this is a long standing dispute between several neighbors, all of them permit holders. 

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SPC Prevails Over National Grid In Federal Court - September 30, 2010

On September 30, 2010, United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue issued a decision dismissing National Grid’s latest attempt to avoid shouldering its share of the costs for maintaining Great Sacandaga Lake and the Conklingville Dam.  In the suit, National Grid claimed that many of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District’s operations, including the GSL Permit System, were preempted by federal law and contrary to the United States Constitution. 

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