Guest Editorial: Coalition urges good faith

The Coalition for Belleayre applauds the NYSDEC’s staff for concluding that all environmental issues surrounding the development of the Belleayre Resort have been adequately addressed and that the adjudicatory process the project has undergone for the past 14 years should be dismissed. The DEC staff has also concluded that the Belleayre Ski Center Unit Management Plan is complete and ready for release.

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Editorial: Carpe Diem

By Dick Sanford
Shared services are all the rage in our public schools. Monday The Daily Star’s lead story reported on several regional school districts sharing everything from administrators to transportation routes to bus maintenance. Jefferson and Stamford have completed a shared-services study and are about to embark on sharing transportation routes and at least one teacher. Jefferson will also share a teacher with Cobleskill.

Editorial: Governor, Make Resort Call

By Dick Sanford, Editor & Publisher
The year was 1998. A 40-year-old guy named Andrew Cuomo was making a name for himself as a tough prosecutor while serving as New York State’s Attorney General, Google was founded, Frank Sinatra died, Mark McGuire broke Roger Maris’ single-season homerun record, and President Bill Clinton was denying allegations about a relationship with “that woman.”

Editorial: "Just Say No" to more NYC land acquisition

I hope our local political leaders “just say no” to New York City’s latest land-buying initiative in the Catskills.
In April, the City announced that it would make at least $15 million available to acquire properties from willing sellers whose homes are currently located in flood zones in the Catskill and Delaware watersheds. Any existing structures on property purchased in this program would be razed and the land would be utilized as green space or for recreational use from then on.

Excuses not factual

After sitting through several hours of comments about Belleayre proposals, I still have two questions. If not this, what? If not now, when?

I heard many speakers use “scare” words we’ve heard for 15 years - words and phrases that don’t even need full sentences around them to stimulate knee-jerk reactions: sprawl, mega, massive, casino, pesticides, stormwater, community character, menial jobs, traffic, ridge line development.
But thankfully, it seems those words no longer have the power to frighten as they once did and the old arguments don’t hold up.

Resort poses no risk

By Richard D. Sanford, Editor
Regulators should take a macro view and give The Resort at Catskill Park and the planned expansion of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center some “cap and trade” credit when they consider the environmental impact of the two projects on the Catskill Region.

Guest Editorial: Resort project brings hope

By Lewis E. Kolar
Retired Banker, M-ARK Project, Campaign Treasurer Margaretville Memorial Hospital, Chairman Andes Alliance, a Founding Member of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Chairman Partners for Progress

Guest Editorial: Resort key to turnaround

By Dennis Metnick

Guest Editorial: Make your voice heard

By Tom White, Chairman
Coalition to Save Belleayre

Guest Editorial:Utilize the investment

By Peg Ellsworth, Executive Director
MARK Project

The MARK Project, a regional economic and community development organization, fully supports The Belleayre Resort Project and the expansion of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, and views these projects as an obvious economic benefit to the region. That being said, it is now time to work together with the developers, ORDA, and New York State to interweave the investments on the mountain with our communities to ensure the outcome is mutually beneficial.

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