Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Legislative session ends with no prison action

Camp Gabriels correctional facility.


The state Legislature wrapped up session in the early hours of Saturday with no solution for the three closed prisons in forest preserve counties, which cannot be sold or leased without a constitutional amendment. One appeared to be in reach early last week, but lawmakers and Adirondack Park groups say they ran out of time.

This was a crucial year to pass a constitutional amendment freeing the prisons from forest preserve because of upcoming elections. A constitutional amendment has to be passed by two separately elected state Legislatures so by missing first passage this session, we’re looking at the end of 2027 now for another opportunity.

But, lawmakers have hinted, they may be returning to Albany to handle some unfinished business. Could Adirondack-area prisons be addressed still? We will have a story on our website about the prisons’ amendment soon.


The Adirondack Park Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook

Photo by Gwendolyn Craig

Adirondack Park Agency

The Adirondack Explorer filed a records request for the agency’s feasibility study on moving its headquarters to Saranac Lake. The APA denied the request, and the Explorer’s appeal stating that the record is exempt from disclosure and no final decisions has been made.

Read more on that here.

The agency will also be losing longtime economic liaison Dan Kelleher. Kelleher will be the new president and CEO of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism later in July. Read more on that here.

Dan Kelleher

Photo provided by ROOST.

APA public comment opportunities

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at: https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/index.cfm. There were no new projects published for comment as of this newsletter.

DEC public comment opportunities

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

Photo at top: Camp Gabriels with Sable and Loon Lake Mountains in the distance. Photo by Tom French.

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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