December 20, 2011

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Catskill Heritage Alliance concerned about possible takeover of Belleayre Mountain by ORDA

BELLEAYRE MOUNTAIN – The head of the Catskill Heritage Alliance expressed concern about the possibility of the Olympic Regional Development Authority in the Adirondacks taking over the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. The state Department of Environmental Conservation presently runs the state-owned resort.

The recommendation to turn it over to the authority came from the New York State Spending and Government Efficiency Commission.

Catskill Heritage Alliance Chairman Roger Wall said since the authority is centered in the Adirondacks, that could be a worry for Belleayre.

“It’s doubtful that the Catskills would ever have parity on that board and the fear is that we would be the poor stepchild to the Adirondacks,” Wall said Monday. “It’s hard to see where there would be efficiencies if ORDA had to establish its own Catskill office and infrastructure.”

The Alliance is also concerned that ORDA management “could be less about efficiency and more of a gambit to channel public money and bonding authority to enable construction of the Belleayre Resort, which CHA opposes environmentally and economically as destructive.”


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