Critical issues are facing residents and property owners and all New Yorkers who own over three million acres of land in the Adirondacks. On Monday, April 29, 2013 local Adirondack leaders head to Albany to swarm the capital with all things Adirondacks to bring attention to the region and shake the political trees in Albany. Visitors to the Well Wall at the Legislative Office Building will have the opportunity to visit with Live Wild Animals, hear the sounds of the forest and sample the foods of the Adirondacks and learn more about new recreational opportunities stretching across the park.
Hot topics include the recent acquisition of the Essex Chain of Lakes Property, slated for opening to the public sometime this summer pending a public hearing process across the state to find out from the people what they want to see happen to the Essex Chain of Lakes. The DEC has made their recommendation to the APA and soon it will be up to the public to put forth their input.
Another huge topic on the docket is the settlement of the Township 40 dispute in Raquette Lake.
What is Township 40?
The State of New York claims it owns over 90 percent of “Township 40.” About 220 parcels of land covering slightly more than 1,000 acres in Raquette Lake, once Township 40 of the Totten and Crossfield Purchase, are contested.
Township 40 was never surveyed into lots, so deeds were often unclear as to exactly what lands were being conveyed.
The Legislature passed the amendment in 2012, but constitutional amendments must pass two consecutive sessions of the Legislature before they can be presented to voters in a statewide referendum. The Township 40 issue must be voted on again before this Albany legislature finishes their session in June. This is the opportunity to make sure this critical amendment continues down its path to completion. When the amendment is passed it will be heading to a statewide constitutional ballot vote in the fall and put to the voters to decide an issue over 100 years in the making.
What does this mean for Raquette Laker’s?
Provisions of that legislation would list the more than 200 parcels of land in Township 40 in Raquette Lake in Hamilton County, allow those with disputed titles to opt in or opt out of the settlement process and require a payment from occupants which would be used toward purchase of replacement land of greater benefit to be added to the Adirondack Park.
The legislative arrangement would provide this and future generations of shoreland owners free and clear title to their properties, a significant and enduring benefit to them, their children, the Village of Raquette Lake, Town of Long Lake and Hamilton County. It would remove for all time the threat, the uncertainty and the costs involved in a challenge from the State.
Join residents, leaders and the politicians at Adirondack Day, Monday, April 29, 2013 from 11am to 5pm.
So where is this Well Wall? Albany, “Well” of Legislative Office Building – Concourse Level, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York, 12234
D. Gibson, May 29, 2012, A New Proposal for Township 40. < http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2012/05/dave-gibson-a-new-proposal-for-township-40.html >
firstname.lastname@example.org, March 3, 2013. Township 40 Website for Pertinent Information. < http://twp40.com/5101.html >
C. Meixner, RL Land Bill Could Be Voted on Soon. April 11, 2012. < http://www.hamiltoncountyexpress.com/News/04112012_land >
B. Mann, RL Constitutional Amendment Passes in Albany. June 21, 2012. < http://blogs.northcountrypublicradio.org/inbox/2012/06/21/breaking-raquette-lake-constitutional-amendment-passes-in-albany/ >