Policy Positions

2019 Bill Memos and Positions

  • Constitutional Amendment: New York State Citizen’s Right to Clean Water, Clean Air and a Healthful Environment –Support A2064 and S2072. CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to article 1 of the constitution, in relation to the right to clean air and water and a healthful environment. Read Memo
  • Land Bank Legislation–Support S2026-A and A1625-A Approves land transactions relating to the implementation of the land exchange for the forest preserve health and safety land account and public utility improvements. Read Memo
  • Land Bank Legislation–Support A8136 and S6398 Approves land transactions relating to the implementation of the land exchange for the forest preserve health and safety land account and public utility improvements. Read Memo
  • Conservation Design for the Adirondack Park–Support A8123-A and S6484 Read Memo
  • Protects Freshwater Wetlands–Support A3658 Read Memo
  • Making the Bottle Bill Even Better–Support A5028-A and S2129-A Read Memo
  • Outdoor Rx–Support Read Memo
  • Frontcountry, Non-motorized, Multi-Use Trail Plan–Support A5035 and S4416 Read Memo
  • Low Volume Roads (LVR)/Minimum Maintenance Roads—Oppose A3724, S2910 Permits the designation of low volume roads and minimum maintenance roads by town boards and enacts provisions relating to the maintenance, improvement and repair of such roads. Read Memo
  • FOIL Improvement A121-A and S1630-B–Support Amends Public Officers Law, Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Section. Relates to publishing records of public interest by agencies and the legislature on their website Read Memo
  • Climate and Community Protection A3876 and S2992 –Support Amends the environmental conservation law, the public service law, the public authorities law, the labor law and the community risk and resiliency act, in relation to establishing the New York state climate and community protection act. Read Memo
  • Boatwashing Legislation Renewal S5622–Support Extends provisions relating to the department of environmental conservation’s management of aquatic invasive species, spread prevention and penalties. Read Memo
  • Boatwashing Legislation Renewal S5937 and A7692–Support Extends provisions relating to the department of environmental conservation’s management of aquatic invasive species, spread prevention and penalties. Read Memo
  • Historical Lands and Buildings in the Forest Preserve S2934 and A1638–Oppose Would force the Adirondack Park Agency to use less protective land classifications on the Forest Preserve, such as an Historic Classification, which permits motorized use rather than protecting areas as Wilderness. Read Memo
  • General Obligations Law Amendment to Include Recreational Trails S5934 and A4774–Support The bill adds recreational trail use to a list of other activities already covered under the General Obligations Law and protects property owners who permit public recreational activities on their lands. Read Memo
  • Undermines Wilderness Classification in the Forest Preserve using Floatplane Access for  Veterans with Disabilities S2527 and A4663–Oppose This legislation attempts to force a rewriting of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan that would, in effect, destroy the Wilderness Classification in New York State. Read Memo
  • Tick-Borne Diseases
    • Support–A8098 and S4876 Includes the Asian longhorned tick on the New York State Invasive Species List. Read Memo
    • Support–A6146 and S4571 Directs the department of financial services to study and report upon insurance coverage for the treatment of Lyme disease. Read Memo
  • Fracking Waste Bills
    • Support–A 2655 and S 3392 Relates to the uniform treatment of waste from the exploration, development, extraction, or production of crude oil or natural gas. Read Memo
    • Support–A 101 and S 437 Relates to prohibiting the acceptance of high volume hydraulic fracturing wastewater from oil or natural gas extraction activities at wastewater treatment facilities and solid waste management facilities. Read Memo
    • Support– A 2295  Prohibits the use of waste from oil or natural gas extraction or storage on any highway. Read Memo
    • Support– A7933  and S 1858-A Prohibits the use of drilling fluids, brine and flowback water from wells, pools or fields on any highway for any purpose including but not limited to de-icing or dust suppression. Read Memo
  • ATV Bills
    • Support–A 6087 and S 5035 Increases the age for use of ATVs by minors from age 10 to 14. Talking Points. Read Memo
    • Support–A7537 and S5836 ATV Ban on the Forest Preserve, Long Island Central Pine Barrens, and Albany Pine Bush. Read Memo
    • Oppose–A 1401 Provides that certified handicapped individuals may use ATVs on public land for transportation purposes only, during the hunting season. Read Memo
    • Oppose–S 1428 and A 1587 Relates to the creation of an ATV trail fund and the use of ATVs. Read Memo
    • Oppose–A 3744 Authorizes special access to hunting and fishing grounds on state land for handicapped individuals. Read Memo
    • Oppose–S1372 Relates to the definition of all terrain vehicle or “ATV.” Read Memo
    • Oppose–A2605 and S4137 Requires the commissioner of economic development to conduct a study of the economic impact of ATV use within the state. Read Memo

2019 Comments

  • Management Guidance for Cross Country Ski Trail Design, Construction and Maintenance on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park. Read Comments
  • Draft Fulton County State Forests Unit Management Plan (UMP). Read Comments 
  • Tree Removal for Facility Upgrades at the Olympic Sports Center at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Read Comments
  • Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)
    • 2007 Amended Final Brief of Petitioner-Intervenor Adirondack Mountain Club in State of New Jersey v. U.S.E.P.A. Read Brief
    • 2019 Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Proposed Revised Supplemental Finding and RTR Read Comments
  • Crown Point State Historic Site, Campground, and Day-Use Area Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read Comments
  • Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir Master Plan Read Comments
  • 850 Route 28 LLC Site Plan / Special Use Permit Application Read Comments
  • Canadiagua Highlands Unit draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read Comments
  • Treaty Line State Forests draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read Comments
  • Tioughnioga State Forests draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read Comments

2018 Bill Memos and Positions

  • Constitutional Amendment: New York State Citizen’s Right to Clean Water, Clean Air and a Healthful Environment –Support A6279 and S5287. CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an amendment to article 1 of the constitution, in relation to the right to clean air and water and a healthful environment. Read memo
  • Grants Citizens the Right to Initiate Civil Enforcement Actions for Violations of Environmental Law–Support A8965 and S3269. Read memo
  • Memorandum in Opposition S7509-A/A9509-A, Proposed Executive Budget Article VII Language Bill – Revenue, Part F  Read memo
  • Memorandum in Opposition S7508B, Part XXX, Proposal to Change the Definition of ATV Read Memo
  • Undermines CP3 Policy–Allows ATVs on Public Land–Oppose S1467 and A319
    An Act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing special access to hunting and fishing grounds on state land for handicapped individuals. Read memo.
  • Undermines CP3 Policy–Allows ATVs on Public Land–Oppose A2634 AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to use of  all terrain vehicles by certified handicapped individuals on public property. Read memo.
  • Creates Trail Fund in Parks Law, Opens State Land to ATVs, Increases Weight Oppose–S3838 and A3182 An Act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, the vehicle and traffic law and the state finance law, in relation to the creation of an ATV trail fund. Read memo.
  • Increases ATV Weight Limit–Oppose S1909 and A4412 An Act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the definition of an all terrain vehicle or “ATV.” Read memo.
  • Creates Trail Fund in Parks Law, Opens State Land to ATVs, Increases Weight Oppose–S3920-A and A8908-A An Act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, the vehicle and traffic law and the state finance law, in relation to the creation of an ATV trail fund. Read Memo.

2018 Comments

  • Draft Amendment to the Blue Ridge Wilderness Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read comments
  • Hammond Pond Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read comments
  • West of Hudson Unit Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read comments
  • Sundown Wild Forest and Vernooy Kill State Forest Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read comments
  • Proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule Read comments
  • Long Pond Conservation Easement, Joint Comment Letter of Adirondack Conservation Organizations Read comments
  • Cedar River Bridge (Essex Chain of Lakes) Read comments
  • APSLMP Compliance of the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest proposed Final Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read comments
  • Gore Mountain Ski Center Classification Read comments
  • Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan (UMP) 7,727 acres of wildlife management area and state forest land in Steuben County Read comments
  • Hewitt-Cayuga Highlands Management Unit, Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read Comments
  • High Peaks Wilderness Complex Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) Amendment and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) Amendment Read Comments
  • scoping for Draft Niagara Frontier Unit Management Plan (UMP) for state lands in Erie and Cattaraugus Counties (Zoar Valley) Read comments
  •  Peekamoose Blue Hole  Read comments
  • Speculator Tree Farm and Perkins Clearing Interim Recreation Management Plan (IRMP) Read comments
  • revised dGEIS on the Proposed Amendments to the State Environmental Quality Review Act Regulations-Proposed Amendments 2017  Read comments
  • Cranberry Lake Wild Forest UMP Read comments
  • Black River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (UMP) Amendment APSLMP Compliance Read comments
  • Inter-Agency Guidelines for Implementing Best Management Practices to Control Invasive Species on DEC Administered Lands of the Adirondack Park Read comments
  • St Lawrence Rock Ridge Unit Management Plan (UMP) Read comments
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plans to Amend the High Peaks Wilderness and the Vanderwhacker Wild Forest UMPs  Read comments.
  • ADP-ADK Comments on CAMA Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit Application Read comments
  • Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Proposed Draft Regulations Addressing Hydraulic Fracturing and Additional Clarifying Amendments Read comments
  • Primitive Tent Site BMPs for the Adirondack Park Read comments
  • Devil’s Tombstone Campground UMP Read comments
  • DEC-APA Guidance on BMPs to Control Invasive Species Read comments
  • ADP-ADK Objection to USFS  Draft Decision Notice for the proposed Tracy Ridge Shared Use Trails and Forest Plan Amendment Project Read comments

2017 Bill Memos and Positions

  • Constitutional Amendment: New York State Citizen’s Right to Clean Water, Clean Air and a Healthful Environment –Support A6279 and S5287.  Read memo.
  • Adirondack Conservation Design Legislation–Support A5451 Strengthens land use and development provisions in the Adirondack park so as to curtail rural sprawl. Read memo.
  • EPF Payback-Support S2594 and A5180
    An act to amend the environmental conservation law, the state finance law and the tax law, in relation to transfers from the environmental protection fund to the general fund. Read memo.
  • Protects Freshwater Wetlands–Support A6282 and S1749. Read memo.
  • Grants Citizens the Right to Initiate Civil Enforcement Actions for Violations of Environmental Law–Support A1811 and S3269. Read memo.
  • Closing the Hazardous Waste Loophole-Support S1538 and A2427
    Relates to the uniform treatment of waste from the exploration, development, extraction, or production of crude oil or natural gas. Read memo.
  • Reducing Liability of Landowners Who Allow Recreation–Support S1429 and A650 An act to amend the general obligations law, in relation to the liability of landowners who permit recreational uses. Read memo.
  • Gifts to State Parks–Support S142 An act to amend the tax law, in relation to establishing the gift to state parks on personal income tax forms; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing the state parks fund. Read memo.
  • Undermines CP3 Policy–Allows ATVs on Public Land–Oppose S1467 and A319
    An Act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing special access to hunting and fishing grounds on state land for handicapped individuals. Read memo.
  • Undermines CP3 Policy–Allows ATVs on Public Land–Oppose A2634 AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to use of  all terrain vehicles by certified handicapped individuals on public property. Read memo..
  • Increases ATV Weight Limit–Oppose S1909 and A4412 An Act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the definition of an all terrain vehicle or “ATV.” Read memo.
  • Creates Trail Fund in Parks Law, Opens State Land to ATVs, Increases Weight Oppose–S3838 and A3182 An Act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, the vehicle and traffic law and the state finance law, in relation to the creation of an ATV trail fund. Read memo.
  • Creates Trail Fund in Parks Law, Opens State Land to ATVs, Increases Weight Oppose–S3920 An Act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, the vehicle and traffic law and the state finance law, in relation to the creation of an ATV trail fund. Read memo.
  • Redefining “campground” for the purposes of the Adirondack Park– Oppose S141 and A2909. Read Memo.
  • Grants OPRHP Authority to Operate Camp Santanoni historic area, in the county of Essex–Oppose S2647 and A2910. Read memo.
  • ATV Senate Budget Bill–Oppose. Part VV of S2008-B would increase the current allowable weight of all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs), from 1,000 lbs to 1500 lbs.–Oppose. Read memo.

2017 Comments

2016 Bill Memos and Positions

  • Budget Bill –Opposed S6408-B because of disastrous ATV language in Senate Version of the Budget Bill. Read memo.
  • Land Bank/ Forest Preserve Health and Safety Land Account-Support for A10721 Concurrent Resolution of the Senate and the Assembly proposing an amendment to article 14 of the constitution, in relation to allowing public utility lines and bicycle paths on certain state lands in the forest preserve and establishing a forest preserve health and safety land account. Read memo.
  • Adirondack Conservation Design Legislation-Support A10669 Strengthens land use and development provisions in the Adirondack park so as to curtail rural sprawl. Read memo.
  • Adirondack Raquette Lake Township 40 Enabling Legislation-Support S7966 and A10737 An Act approving land transactions relating to implementation of the settlement of property disputes in township 40, in the Town of Long Lake. Read memo.
  • State Land Protection from ATVsSupport A1631-S4718 Prohibits the operation of all-terrain vehicles by the general public in the state forest preserve, Long Island central pine barrens area and Albany pine bush preserve. Read memo.
  • EPF Payback-Support S3517-B and A4917-B
    An act to amend the environmental conservation law, the state finance law and the tax law, in relation to transfers from the environmental protection fund to the general fund. Read memo.
  • Closing the Hazardous Waste Loophole-Support S884 and A6859
    Relates to the uniform treatment of waste from the exploration, development, extraction, or production of crude oil or natural gas. Read memo.
  • Reducing Liability of Landowners Who Allow Recreation- Support S3101 and A1846 An act to amend the general obligations law, in relation to the liability of landowners who permit recreational uses. Read memo.
  • Gifts to State Parks-Support S821 An act to amend the tax law, in relation to establishing the gift to state parks on personal income tax forms; and to amend the state finance law, in relation to establishing the state parks fund. Read memo.
  • Disastrous ATV Legislation Opening Parks and State Forests and Forest Preserve to ATVs (same as Senate Budget Bill)-Oppose S6791 An Act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, the vehicle and traffic law, the state finance law and the environmental conservation law, in relation to the creation of an ATV trail fund and the use of ATVs. Read memo.
  • Undermines CP3 Policy–Allows ATVs on Public Land –Oppose S2533 and A803
    An Act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing special access to hunting and fishing grounds on state land for handicapped individuals. Read memo.
  • Increases ATV Weight Limit – Oppose S1792-A and A1951 An Act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to the definition of an all terrain vehicle or “ATV” Read memo.
  • Creates Trail Fund in Parks Law, Opens State Land to ATVs, Increases Weight Oppose-S5821-A
    An Act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law, the vehicle and traffic law and the state finance law, in relation to the creation of an ATV trail fund. Read memo.
  • Low Volume Roads (LVR)—Oppose A1837, S2265
    This little known bill had great potential to preclude hiker access to DEC trailheads on low volume or seasonal roads. The bill would authorize towns to pass local ordinances enabling them to lower the level of road maintenance, stop plowing roads or even abandon roads leading to state trailheads. ADK lobbied opposed this bill, arguing that state taxpayers paid considerable taxes on Forest Preserve lands served by these LVR. The LVR bill passed the Senate, but we were able to block passage by the Assembly.

2016 Comments

  • Proposed 6 NYCRR Part 592, Conservation Easement Regulations Read comments.
  • 2016 APA State Land Classification Package including Boreas Ponds Read comments.
  • Scoping comments by ADK on the Windham Range Wilderness UMP- Colgate Wild Forest UMP Read comments.