Wednesday, January 24, 2024

A $233 billion proposed state budget

Cars parked on Adirondack Loj Road


The state Legislature is gearing up for a marathon of budget hearings starting tomorrow and running through Valentine’s Day.

We’ll see if lawmakers add anything back into the already $233 billion budget that Gov. Kathy Hochul left out.

After Hochul’s budget speech last week, her team released budget bills with more details. In those we learned Clean Water Infrastructure funding was cut in half and there was no new money for the Timbuctoo Institute. But the North Elba town supervisor was happy to learn that the governor included funds for paving Adirondack Loj Road, a popular gateway to many High Peaks hikes.

Click here for a rundown of some of the executive’s proposals that will impact the Adirondacks.

Adirondack Park Agency

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at:

  • Applicants Jill & Keith Myers propose to build a two-unit multi-family dwelling to be served by an on-site wastewater treatment system and individual water supply well on Hardscrabble Road in the town of Saranac. Comments are due by Feb. 8. To view the site plans and submit a comment, go to
  • The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are holding joint public comment periods for a proposed amendment to the 1981 Lake George Beach and Battlefield Park Unit Management Plans (UMP). The public is invited to submit input on the draft amendment and its conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. See this story [by Adirondack Explorer reporter Chloe Bennett] for more information. Comments are due Feb. 19. To review the APA and DEC’s presentations, the proposed amendment and to submit comments to the APA, go to



Environmental Notice Bulletin

View all the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s weekly environmental notice bulletin projects.

Photo at top: A crowded day on Adirondack Loj Road in Lake Placid. Photo by Mike Lynch.

This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Gwen is the environmental policy reporter for Adirondack Explorer.

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