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Adirondack legislative group to meet today in Lewis County

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LOWVILLE — An 11-county Adirondack legislative group will meet today in Lewis County.

Members of the Inter-County Legislative Committee of the Adirondacks this morning are slated to visit the 195-turbine Maple Ridge Wind Farm, then hold a meeting and luncheon at Tug Hill Vineyards in West Lowville.

“The purpose is for area counties to get together and discuss what the state’s going to throw at us next,” said Lewis County Legislature Chairman Michael A. Tabolt, R-Croghan, his county’s representative on the committee.

The group, consisting of legislative representatives from the counties with Adirondack Park acreage, rotates its meetings among the member counties.

Each meeting includes an update on doings in Albany from a representative of the New York State Association of Counties, and today’s session is to focus on how the state budget is expected to affect counties, Mr. Tabolt said.

No specific resolutions are on the agenda.

However, the group in recent months has come out in opposition to the state’s new gun-control law, the NY-SAFE Act, and proposed early voting legislation, among other things, Mr. Tabolt said.

Those actions will continue, despite some frustration that such measures — particularly those involving relief from state mandates — often seem to fall on deaf ears in Albany, he said.

“It’s kind of a one-way street,” Mr. Tabolt said. “But we’re not just going to stand here without voicing our opinion,” he said.

One year ago, the Inter-County committee during its Lewis County visit toured the QubicaAMF plant on Utica Boulevard, at which most of the world’s wooden bowling pins are manufactured. Then, members passed a resolution in support of proposed state legislation that would increase the weight limit of an ATV from 1,000 pounds to 1,500 pounds, allowing so-called side-by-side utility vehicles, or UTVs, to be registered.

Area ATV enthusiasts brought two four-wheelers and two UTVs so regional committee members could compare regular ATVs with UTVs and see the difference between a Polaris Razor — a UTV model that may be registered because it weighs less than 1,000 pounds — and a heavier side-by-side that may not be registered under current law.

The proposed UTV legislation this year has once again passed the Senate. However, over the past few years, it has failed to gain traction in the Assembly.

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