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Cuomo Seeks Balance in Adirondack Land Use

Carl Heilman II

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will try to strike a balance between economic development and preservation as he weighs the fate of the state's latest forestland acquisition in the Adirondack Park.

Cuomo met with local officials and state legislators Thursday to discuss how New York should classify large tracts of former Finch-Pruyn (prine) lands the state recently bought from The Nature Conservancy. The classification will determine how the land can be used. The most protective classification is wilderness, which prohibits motorized and bicycle access.

The Adirondack Park Agency board will make a recommendation to Cuomo, who will make the final decision.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that Cuomo said in North Creek after the meetings that it's a judgment that will call for balance.

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