Two conservation groups have re-submitted court papers in an attempt to obtain documents that they say prove state agencies improperly communicated with developers before approving the largest development project in the Adirondacks.
Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club re-filed their motion for discovery regarding communications and documents exchanged during the Adirondack Park Agency’s consideration of the Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake. The state agency approved the project in January. The groups had filed a discovery motion with the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court, but it was sent back to a lower court. The motion is being re-filed in State Supreme Court in Albany County this week. Protect the Adirondacks Executive Director Peter Bauer says it’s largely a procedural move necessary to forward their case.
Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club also filed a new lawsuit challenging the APA’s denial of Freedom-of-Information requested documents. John Caffrey, the attorney for Protect and the Sierra Club, says there are some similarities between the two suits.
Supporters of the Adirondack Club and Resort project see the moves by Protect and the Sierra Club as an effort to derail the development. But Village of Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun doesn’t think the two groups have a solid case.
Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club expect a decision on whether they can pursue discovery by the end of the year or early in the new year.