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2017

 

Redneck Cocktail Party Scheduled for October 8, 2017

The Sport Island Pub will once again host the Redneck Cocktail Party to benefit the SPC. This year's event will be held on Saturday October 8, 2016 from 4 to 8 pm. The event will start with "chowder fest" from 4:00 to 5:00 pm followed by a buffet dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 and a live auction from 6:45 to 7:45. 

 

2016

 

5th Annual Summer Fundraiser Scheduled for July 10, 2016

The Sacandaga Protection Committee will host the fifth annual Summer Fundraiser on Sunday July 10th at Lanzi's on the Lake. The SPC attorney from Hodgson Russ and government affairs consultant from Bolton St Johns will be in attendance to discuss current issues. Last year saw a crowd of nearly 200 permit holders and community members in attendance brining in over $15,000 to support the efforts of the Sacandaga Protection Committee. This year's fundraiser will again feature a silent auction with hamburgers, hot dogs and side salads hosted by Lanzi's.

 

HRBRRD Appoints New Executive Director - May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016 From the HRBRRD Website:

The Board of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert J. Smullen as its next Executive Director effective May 19, 2016. Mr. Smullen served in the United States Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Colonel before his retirement in 2015. He served as an infantry officer on active duty, completing three combat tours in Afghanistan. A 1986 graduate of Gloversville High School, he also attended Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the National Defense University. Colonel Smullen has been married for nineteen years and has four children.

The SPC welcomes Mr. Smullen to our community and the HRBRRD. We are looking forward to meeting with the new Executive Director this month, and forging an ongoing working relationship.

 

Winners Announced for the Sacandaga Protection Committee's $10,000 Raffle - October 8, 2016

GLOVERSVILLE, NY - The Sacandaga Protection Committee announced today the winners for its $10,000 raffle, proceeds of which will support the group's work in protecting the environmental, economic and legal interests of the entire Great Sacandaga Lake community. Joe Sullivan, President, SPC Board of Directors, said of the project, "This was our first raffle, and we are so pleased with its results. The project would not have been possible without the support of the ticket buyers, the businesses that sold tickets, Sport Island Pub, and the countless other volunteers who made it all happen."

There were a total of 286 tickets sold for the drawing which took place on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Winners are as follows:


Grand Prize: $10,000 - JOANNA OLSEN
2nd Prize: $2,500 - RON ROYAL, Wells
3rd Prize: $1,000 - DORIS JOHNSON, North Port, FL and Fish House
4th Prize: $500 - TODD PLEMENICK
Ten $100 winners - FRED BROWN, Alexandria, VA; BRENT ZIERAK, Amsterdam; JOHN G. WARD, Hadley; ANNE WOOD, Hadley; DAVE RUZBASAN, Rhinebeck, NY; JEN BROWNELL, Gloversville, JOSH BARNES, Delanson, BRANDON FERGUSON, Galway; PETER MURPHY, Hadley; EMPLOYEES OF SPORT ISLAND PUB, Northville.

Tickets were sold at Partner's Pub in Johnstown, Kingsboro Lumber in Gloversville, Mayfield Grill, Brownell Lumber and Captain Nauti's in the Town of Day, and the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gloversville.

 

2015

 

Mike Clark resigns as Executive Director of the HRBRRD - December 9, 2015

As of Friday December 4th Richard Ferrara is serving as the Acting Executive Director of the HRBRRD. Mr. Ferrara has been the Chief Fiscal Officer and Treasurer of the HRBRRD since April 2005. The appointment of Mr. Ferrara as the Acting Executive Director comes as a result of Mike Clark resigning from the position.

 

Fulton County Considers Great Sacandaga Lake as Future Water Supply - November 13, 2015

There have been several news articles in recent months regarding Fulton County looking to develop a countywide water supply. Most recently an article appeared in the Daily Gazette on October 29, 2015 titled "Fulton County looks for ways to expand water supply". The SPC has been and will continue to monitor this county initiative for any potential impact on the lake community.

 

5th Annual Redneck Cocktail Party to benefit the SPC - October 22, 2015

The Great Sacandaga Lake Business Association is once again sponsoring a cocktail party to benefit the Sacandaga Protection Committee. The fifth annual Redneck Cocktail Party will be held on Thursday October 22th the Sport Island Pub from 6 to 9 pm.  The event will include a buffet hosted by the Sport Island Pub and both Live and Silent Auctions. Please join us on October 22th to support the SPC. 

 

SPC WINS LAWSUIT IN FEDERAL COURT - September 13, 2015

After six years and many thousands of legal dollars, The Sacandaga Protection Committee (SPC) emerged victorious when Senior U.S. District Judge Norman A. Mordue granted the Committee's motion for Summary Judgment against Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. (d.b.a. National Grid). This is a major victory for the SPC and the entire lake community.

 

4th Annual Summer Fundraiser held July 12, 2015

The Sacandaga Protection Committee held the fourth annual Summer Fundraiser on Sunday July 12 at Lanzi’s on the Lake. The SPC attorney from Hodgson Russ and government affairs consultant from Bolton St Johns were in attendance to discuss current issues. 

 

January 2015 Update

2014 was another busy year for the Sacandaga Protection Committee; we continued to address several issues that seem to have carried over year after year, addressed a few new concerns, and continued our annual summertime and fall fundraisers.  Click HERE for the January 2015 Update

 

2014

 

SPC Opposes Assembly Bill that would Abolish the HRBRRD - May 24, 2014

Legislation was introduced in the New York State Assembly on May 14, 2014 (Bill A09650) that would abolish the Hudson River Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) and transfer their responsibilities to the New York State Power Authority.  The Sacandaga Protection Committee (SPC) opposes this legislation.  

SPC Turns 5!

As we enter 2014 and our fifth year as an advocacy group, there is still much to be done! The Sacandaga Protection Committee (SPC) is a volunteer group of property owners/permit holders on the Great Sacandaga Lake who work to protect the environmental, economic, and legal interests of the lake community.

National Grid Lawsuits Continue... - February 20, 2014

The National Grid case has been very active over the past six months and we expect this activity to continue through 2014. The attorneys are currently conducting in-depth depositions of many people - experts and other participants. The SPC attorney's actively participate in these depositions. For those who are not familiar with the National Grid case, the following is from our last newsletter and remains relevant:

 

Relationship with the HRBRRD - February 20, 2014

Since the proposed rule changes of 2009, the makeup of the HRBRRD has changed dramatically. The entire seven-member board of directors has turned over with five new members appointed since 2009 and three empty seats waiting for appointments.

 

Goals and Funding for 2014 - February 20, 2014

The issue of exclusive use of the permit area remains our highest priority. We understand that this is extremely important to all permit holders and without exclusive use, property values around the lake would fall dramatically. The SPC successfully convinced HRBRRD to reinstate the "Exclusive Use" terminology on the permit signs and yearly permit renewals. We continue to be engaged in active threats to exclusive use (i.e., Niagara Mohawk lawsuits) and monitor the activities of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and others who would potentially threaten exclusive use.

 

2009 - 2013

 

SPC Summer Fundraiser a Success - July 8, 2013

The Sacandaga Protection Committee hosted their second annual Summer Cocktail Party on Sunday June 30 at Lanzi’s on the Lake.  The SPC attorney from Hodgson Russ and government affairs consultant from Bolton St Johns spoke to over 200 permit holders and community members in attendance.  The fundraiser brought in over $18,000 to support the efforts of the Sacandaga Protection Committee.  We thank the businesses around the lake who donated items for the silent auction and all those who purchased tickets and contributed to the event.  

 

Settlement with Five Downstream Counties and the Regulating District is finally approved - March 2013

At their March 12, 2013 meeting the Hudson River Black River Regulating District Board passed a resolution approving a settlement with five downstream counties (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington) over flood control assessments.

 

Court Rules that the HRBRRD can Bill Downstream Counties for Flood Control – May 11, 2012

A state Supreme Court Appellate panel ruled on May 10, 2012 that the Hudson River Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) was justified in billing the downstream counties of Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Albany and Rennselaer for flood control.  However, the Court ruled that in determining the total flood control bill the HRBRRD must first subtract the flood control benefit received by the State for it’s downstream property and infrastructure.  

 

SPC Attorney Presents Legal Arguments to HRBRRD Board Regarding the Modification of Access Permits - May 8, 2012

At the May 8, 2012 Board meeting of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) the Sacandaga Protection Committee’s (SPC) Attorney presented arguments to the Board in opposition of a proposed resolution that would allow modification of Beach Access Permits.

 

Conklingville Dam Headwater Beneficiaries Draft Study Released - March 17, 2012

A draft of the long awaited Oak Ridge National Laboratory beneficiaries study for the Conklingville Dam has been posted on the HRBRRD's website. The report entitled "Draft Report Headwater Benefits Determination Hudson River Basin" presents the findings of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with respect to the benefit of stream flow regulation (i.e., the Sacandaga River) at downstream power producing facilities.

Court Says Permit System is Legal - March 7, 2012

Accepting legal arguments raised by attorneys for the Sacandaga Protection Committee and the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision affirming a federal district court’s dismissal of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation’s challenge to the Great Sacandaga Lake Permit System.

 

January 2012 SPC Update

Click here to download a PDF copy of our January 2012 mailing.

 

Niagara Mohawk Lawsuit Update - December 3, 2011

On December 2, 2011 attorneys for the Sacandaga Protection Committee (SPC) argued to preserve the Great Sacandaga Lake Permit System at oral argument before a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City.

 

Niagara Mohawk Lawsuit Update - August 15, 2011

Sacandaga Protection Committee asks State Court for permission to intervene in a dispute concerning regulating district assessments.  Read more from the Daily Gazette (Sacandaga property owners' group fights utility's lawsuit, August 13, 2011) and the Recorder (Lake group gets involved in suit against district, August 12, 2011)

 

SPC Summer Update - June 23, 2011

We have prepared an update of the various issues we continue to work on.  The update may be downloaded here and will be distributed to the lake community via mail and email.

 

HRBRRD Funding Issue Update - March 7, 2011

The Sacandaga Protection Committee has engaged the services of a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. to represent the Sacandaga Lake Community interests regarding the revenue issues that have prevented the Hudson River Black River Regulating District from paying their property taxes. 

 

HRBRRD Stands Behind Re-instatement of Exclusive Use - Updated January 19, 2011

The Regulating District has started issuing permits for 2011.  As anticipated, based on the Board's action last may, the permits once again include the Exclusive Use language that had been missing for the last few years.  We are obviously pleased with the Board's decision to re-instate the Exclusive Use policy; however, we recognize that there is more work to be done with respect to enforcement of the current policy and establishing a permanent long-term solution to resolve this issue.

 

SPC December 2010 Update

As winter approaches we would like to take an opportunity to provide you with an update from the Sacandaga Protection Committee.  Through the generous support of the lake community we have raised over $250,000 since our organization was formed in 2009.  We are a volunteer group and 100% of this money is used to protect the rights of the permit holders and lake community.  Here are a few of the issues we are working on:

 

Recent News Regarding Exclusive Use - October 25, 2010

The issue of Exclusive Use is the number one priority of the SPC.  We are working with the Governor’s office and the NYS Senate and Assembly to bring a legislative solution to this matter.  Our lawyers and lobbyists are ready to continue negotiations with the new Governor and DEC Commissioner. 

A dispute involving Exclusive Use of Beach Permit has recently drawn attention in the Broadalbin area.  It is our understanding that this is a long standing dispute between several neighbors, all of them permit holders. 

 

SPC Prevails Over National Grid In Federal Court - September 30, 2010

On September 30, 2010, United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue issued a decision dismissing National Grid’s latest attempt to avoid shouldering its share of the costs for maintaining Great Sacandaga Lake and the Conklingville Dam. In the suit, National Grid claimed that many of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District’s operations, including the GSL Permit System, were preempted by federal law and contrary to the United States Constitution.

 

Executive Director of the HRBRRD Retires - August 20, 2010

Glen LaFave who has served as the Executive Director of the Hudson River Black River Regulating District since 2005 retired on this week.  Mr. LaFave has been replaced by Michael Clark the Hudson River Area Administrator. Read the Leader-Herald story - River District Director Retires of August 20, 2010.

 

School Districts plan suit against Fulton County for unpaid HRBRRD taxes - July 22, 2010

The School Districts of Broadalbin-Perth, Northville and Mayfield are preparing to sue Fulton County over unpaid taxes from the Hudson River Black River Regulating District. Typically, if school taxes on a property go unpaid the County would pay the taxes and foreclose on the property; however, since the property is owned by the HRBRRD, a state agency, foreclosure is not an option.

Read the Daily Gazette article of July 22, 2010 on this issue here.

 

HRBRRD Board Member Replaced - July 14, 2010

Vice Chairwoman Pamela Beyor was replaced by Chaumont resident Thomas Stover at the HRBRRD Board meeting on July 13, 2010. Beyor's term had expired; however, she had been continuing to serve on the Board. A seat on the Board remains open as Governor Paterson has yet to name a replacement for Audrey Dunning who resigned in March.

Read the Amsterdam Recorder article of July 14, 2010 on this issue here.

 

State Legislators Propose to Abolish the HRBRRD - Summary June 22, 2010

The Sacandaga Protection Committee would like to thank all of the people that contacted their state senators, assemblymen and assemblywomen to express their position against the Breslin bill.  The bill, if passed, would have eliminated the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District and placed the operation under the New York State Power Authority.

 

Counties Sue over Flood Bills - June 8, 2010

The five counties (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington and Warren) that were sent tax bills by the HRBRRD, in February for flood control, have filed a lawsuit against the District.

 

Follow these links to the Leader-Herald article of June 8, 2010 and the Times Union article of May 29, 2010 on this issue.

HRBRRD Agrees to Restore "Exclusive Use" Language to Signs and Permits - May 12, 2010

Following an extensive educational, legal and lobbying campaign, the Sacandaga Protection Committee succeeded in prompting the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District to restore exclusive use permits for the Great Sacandaga Lake permit system. 

 

Flood Bills Being Fought - February 5, 2010

Officials in Capital Region counties said Thursday they will fight first-time ever bills they have received from the cash-strapped Hudson River-Black River Regulating District for the benefit of flood control. The regulating district sent the bills after it lost $4.5 million, about 80 percent, of its income when a federal court ruled last year it could no longer tax the operating costs of power plants located at its dams.

 

"Exclusive Use" Summary

HRBRRD Stands Behind Re-instatement of Exclusive Use - January 19, 2011

 

Ni-Mo Court Cases - Updated December 2014

THE SACANDAGA PROTECTION COMMITTEE WINS LAWSUIT IN FEDERAL COURT - September 2015

After six years and many thousands of legal dollars, The Sacandaga Protection Committee (SPC) emerged victorious when Senior U.S. District Judge Norman A. Mordue granted the Committee's motion for Summary Judgment against Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. (d.b.a. National Grid).  This is a major victory for the SPC and the entire lake community.

 

Edinburg Newsletter - November 2009

Despite the fact that the summer has come and gone, the threat to our way of life, unfortunately, has not. 

 

Adirondack Council - State of the Park Report 2009

The Sacandaga Lake Forest Preserve issue is on the radar of the Adirondack Council (an Adirondack Park environmental group).  The following excerpts are from the Adirondack Council's "State of the Park 2009"

 

HRBRRD Cannot Pay Taxes - September 2009

The State Office of the Comptroller sent notice to the Hudson River- Black River Regulating District Friday that it will not authorize a $2.6 million budget transfer necessary to help the district pay its school and county taxes, and affected officials don’t know where they will find the money to make up for the shortfall