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About the SPC

The Sacandaga Protection Committee (SPC), composed of community leaders, lake users, permit holders and area property taxpayers, was formed in 2009 in the Great Sacandaga Lake Region to develop strategies to protect the environmental, economic and legal interests of the entire lake - focusing primarily on the permit lands and the needs of permit holders surrounding the Lake.

After being faced with catastrophic proposed changes by the Hudson River- Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), area residents revolted and demonstrated they were a force to be reckoned with. Those proposals would have made the Great Sacandaga Lake shoreline into a 129-mile public beach with no provision for law enforcement, litter, sanitation control or parking. They would have banned fireplaces, picnic tables and mowing, among other prohibitions. The destruction in property values would have shifted a significant amount of the property tax burden to properties far from the lake. These proposals were submitted to the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform without any discussion or input from the community.

But our combined efforts helped put that proposal on the back burner - for now. However, the DEC has made it clear that the administration still considers the shoreline NYS forest preserve land and that it will revisit this issue in the future. Since then, other issues have become evident, such as the ongoing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission settlement hearings that will alter downstream beneficiary payments to support the HRBRRD. The SPC was born out of the eye-opening controversy caused by these events. One of the goals of the SPC is to ensure that any proposed changes to the rules and regulations, or any other major lake issues, are brought to the attention of the entire Lake Community and take all relevant factors into account and insure that the community has a seat at the negotiating table.

We need to be prepared to face any challenge to the way of life cherished by this wonderful community for more than 75 years and ensure that the three-county area does not suffer a reduction in tax base available to support needed services to the region.

The SPC strongly believes the lands that are a buffer (lands which exist to protect adjoining property owners from flooding in case of unusually high water) between the Lake (Reservoir) and surrounding private lands should have the designation of "State Administrative under the control of the Hudson River/Black River Regulating District or New York State land under the control of the Hudson River/Black River Regulating District". This designation would need to be done by the Adirondack Park Agency. The "State Administrative" designation would be in recognition of the current permit system, which has been in place since 1931.

 The SPC formed four subcommittees. Their responsibilities are: 

  1. Executive - to devise strategies & actions to protect the lake community.
  2. Judicial - to obtain legal counsel and assist with legislative action
  3. Funding - to assist in financial contributions that will enable the SPC to meet its goals.
  4. Fiscal Oversight - to insure proper use of all funds received and to approve invoices before payment.

The SPC is a registered 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation.

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    2017

     

    Summer Chicken BBQ Fundraiser - July 23

    The Sacandaga Protection Committee is hosing a Chicken BBQ fundraiser July 23 at the Mayfield Fireman's Pavilion from to 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Tickets are avaialble in advance for $30 each.  There will be live entertainment, a cash bar, and silent auction.

     

    2016

     

    WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SACANDAGA PROTECTION COMMITTEE’S $10,000 RAFFLE

    PRESS RELEASE
    For Immediate Release
    October 11, 2016

    Contact: Contact: Joe Sullivan, President, SPC Board of Directors, (518) 848-4380

    WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE SACANDAGA PROTECTION COMMITTEE’S $10,000 RAFFLE

    Redneck Cocktail Party Scheduled for October 8, 2016

    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. Tickets can be purchased online here.

    5th Annual Summer Fundraiser Scheduled for July 10th

    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.

     

  • About the SPC

    The Sacandaga Protection Committee (SPC), composed of community leaders, lake users, permit holders and area property taxpayers, was formed in 2009 to develop strategies to protect the environmental, economic and legal interests of the entire lake. After being faced with catastrophic proposed changes by the Hudson River- Black River Regulating District (HRBRRD) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), area residents revolted and demonstrated they were a force to be reckoned with. Those proposals would have made the Great Sacandaga Lake shoreline into a 129-mile public beach with no provision for law enforcement, litter, sanitation control or parking. They would have banned fireplaces, picnic tables and mowing, among other prohibitions. The destruction in property values would have shifted a significant amount of the property tax burden to properties far from the lake. These proposals were submitted to the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform without any discussion or input from the community.

     

    But your efforts helped put the proposal on the back burner–for now. However, the DEC has made it clear that the administration still considers the shoreline NYS forest preserve land and that it will revisit this issue in the future. Since then, other issues have become evident, such as the ongoing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission settlement hearings that will alter downstream beneficiary payments to support the HRBRRD. The SPC was born out of the eye-opening controversy caused by these events. One of the goals of the SPC is to ensure that any proposed changes to the rules and regulations, or any other major lake issue, take all factors into account and that the community has a seat at the negotiating table.

    We need to be prepared to face any challenge to the way of life cherished by this wonderful community for more than 75 years and ensure that the three-county area does not suffer a reduction in tax base available to support needed services to the region.

    Through a number of strategy sessions that included interested parties from all around the Great Sacandaga Lake, the SPC formed four subcommittees. Their responsibilities are: 

    1. Executive – to devise strategies & actions to protect the lake community.

    2. Judicial – to obtain legal counsel and assist with legislative action

    3. Funding – to assist in financial contributions that will enable the SPC to meet its goals.

    4. Fiscal Oversight – to insure proper use of all funds received and to approve invoices before payment.

    The SPC is a registered 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation.

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