Recent News

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. 


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. 


Executive Director of the HRBRRD Retires - August 20, 2010

Glen LaFave who has served as the Executive Director of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District since 2005 retired on this week.  Mr. LaFave has been replaced by Michael Clark the Hudson River Area Administrator. Read the Leader-Herald story - River District Director Retires of August 20, 2010.

School Districts plan suit against Fulton County for unpaid HRBRRD taxes - July 22, 2010

The School Districts of Broadalbin-Perth, Northville and Mayfield are preparing to sue Fulton County over unpaid taxes from the Hudson River Black River Regulating District. Typically, if school taxes on a property go unpaid the County would pay the taxes and foreclose on the property; however, since the property is owned by the HRBRRD, a state agency, foreclosure is not an option.

Read the Daily Gazette article of July 22, 2010 on this issue here.

HRBRRD Board Member Replaced - July 14, 2010

Vice Chairwoman Pamela Beyor was replaced by Chaumont resident Thomas Stover at the HRBRRD Board meeting on July 13, 2010. Beyor's term had expired; however, she had been continuing to serve on the Board. A seat on the Board remains open as Governor Paterson has yet to name a replacement for Audrey Dunning who resigned in March.

Read the Amsterdam Recorder article of July 14, 2010 on this issue here.

State Legislators Propose to Abolish the HRBRRD - Summary June 22, 2010

The Sacandaga Protection Committee would like to thank all of the people that contacted their state senators, assemblymen and assemblywomen to express their position against the Breslin bill.  The bill, if passed, would have eliminated the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District and placed the operation under the New York State Power Authority.


Counties Sue over Flood Bills - June 8, 2010

The five counties (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington and Warren) that were sent tax bills by the HRBRRD, in February for flood control, have filed a lawsuit against the District.

Follow these links to the Leader-Herald article of June 8, 2010 and the Times Union article of May 29, 2010 on this issue.


HRBRRD Agrees to Restore "Exclusive Use" Language to Signs and Permits - May 12, 2010

Following an extensive educational, legal and lobbying campaign, the Sacandaga Protection Committee succeeded in prompting the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District to restore exclusive use permits for the Great Sacandaga Lake permit system. 



Flood Bills Being Fought - February 5, 2010

Officials in Capital Region counties said Thursday they will fight first-time ever bills they have received from the cash-strapped Hudson River-Black River Regulating District for the benefit of flood control.The regulating district sent the bills after it lost $4.5 million, about 80 percent, of its income when a federal court ruled last year it could no longer tax the operating costs of power plants located at its dams.


"Exclusive Use" Summary

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