During a tour of the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondack Park Wednesday, Republican congressional candidate Matthew A. Doheny urged the state Supreme Court to decide in favor of a project proposed in the park.
Mr. Doheny was accompanied by Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun and met with Tom Lawson, developer of the Adirondack Club Resort, to get a look at the project, which has been approved by the Adirondack Park Agency.
“After 11 years of lawsuits, the delays for this much needed shot in the arm for the residents of Tupper Lake and the region are coming to an end,” Mr. Doheny said in a news release. “Although environmental groups continue to try and stall this job producing economic development project, I am confident that the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will uphold the Adirondack Park Agency’s decision to approve this project.”
The project was granted a permit by the Adirondack Park Agency in 2012 after eight years of hearings, according to the release. Environmental groups appealed the decision and the Appellate Division of the New York state Supreme Court is hearing arguments from both side. A decision is expected soon.
The APA is a New York state agency, but Mr. Doheny is running for federal office. In the news release, he cited environmental and regulatory hurdles as being an impediment to economic development in the district.
“I know firsthand how difficult it is to attract businesses to the region and the difficulty in striking a balance between the economy and environment,” Mr. Doheny said. “I know the reality that here in the North Country we not only face economic challenges but regulatory hurdles as well. This is a project that has cleared many of the environmental and regulatory hurdles and it is time to move forward and put the people first who desperately need these jobs.”
Mr. Doheny, an investment fund manager from Watertown, will face Elise M. Stefanik, a former White House policy advisor from Willsboro, in a June 24 primary election.