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Controversial North Adams businessman Alex Kelly has signed a new lease at the city’s public airport. 

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The North Adams Airport Commission released the terms of its new leases at its meeting Tuesday.

North Adams, Massachusetts has its first new mayor in almost a decade. After his 2017 election victory, Tom Bernard took office in January — just around the time skydiving business owner and convicted rapist Alex Kelly’s bid to lease space at the North Adams airport began to make waves at the city’s airport commission meetings. In the wake of the controversy surrounding Kelly’s involvement with the public airport — which culminated in the city leasing him space at June’s commission meeting —  residents have raised questions about management of the facility and the city’s role in shaping the decision-making around it. The commission is due to meet again on Tuesday. In a conversation with WAMC Landes, Mayor Bernard says one of his first moves regarding the airport was to install two new members to its commission: Dean Bullett and Mark Morandi.

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In recent weeks, WAMC News has reported about the controversy gripping the small Harriman-and-West airport community in North Adams, Massachusetts.

WAMC now has more on how the dispute began.

The businessman behind Turboprop East, the largest business at the North Adams airport, has withdrawn a $200,000 contribution to the airport in a letter that also threatened to sue the city.

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A business owner who received international infamy for two sexual assaults in the 1980s has brought his skydiving company to North Adams, Massachusetts.