There has been an ongoing debate over removing the tracks along the rail corridor between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid and transforming it to a recreational trail.
“We have the rail here, we have a lot of people who snow mobile here, so i personally feel and believe we should find a way to coexist. To determine whether or not we can continue to keep the rail and establish trails alongside. But, that is something that we have a lot of people that will have to investigate and examine and ultimately determine.” – Sen. Joseph Griffo, New York State Senate.
The debate on the track removal has been ongoing since 2017.
“In the past the state had decided to take the rail up and there were court challenges by various groups and the court basically made a decision and now the state is looking at a different approach. So I’m advocating and trying to ensure that our communities are heard.” – Sen. Joseph Griffo, New York State Senate
There will be a series of public hearings throughout the north country and one taking place in Utica’s state office at 6pm on December 19th. Those in favor and opposed can share their opinions on the project and how it could impact the community.