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October 1, 2010

White Paper catches APA fire

Park Agency reacts to Review Board writing

KEENE — Members of the Local Government Review Board were stunned by a rebuke from the Adirondack Park Agency.

The writ of contention was delivered in a letter read at the end of their monthly meeting here Wednesday.

WHITE PAPER

In it, APA Chairman Curt Stiles reacted to the tone and tenacity of a White Paper issued by the Review Board last week.

Titled "APA: Under the Influence and in Need of Detoxification," the 17-page work documents local government views of park regulatory practice, the APA Act and a laundry list of problems borne by local townships and landowners through the APA Act's tendency to "legislate through regulation."

Review Board Chairman Fred Monroe sent the White Paper with a cover letter to Gov. David A. Paterson last week.

It worked like tinder on slow-burning tension.

'EXTREMELY TROUBLED'

Stiles admonished the Review Board through APA spokesman Keith McKeever, who read the letter after nearly two hours of listening and speaking with Review Board members.

"As (APA) chairman, I have earnestly listened to local government issues and honestly tried to work with local officials throughout the park," Stiles wrote.

"So I am extremely disappointed and troubled by the tone, inaccuracies bordering on fabrication and the inflammatory nature of this document.

"I believe it undermines any and all previous progress and dialogue and breaches the trust and sincere effort to bring about regulatory reform."

Stiles said that most of the issues referenced in the White Paper "were not regularly, thoroughly or even remotely discussed at (Review Board) meetings.

"I no longer believe that the (Review Board) represents the best interest of local government or even has a reasonable consensus or mandate from individual towns inside the park."

Stiles ended his response by saying the APA remains committed to regulatory reform.

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