Voters Will Decide Fate of Raquette Lake Land

Illustration by Mark Wilson

Of all the contentious Adirondack-style land disputes, the Township 40 problem is the Adirondackiest. The deed debate—a puzzler that’s had folks scratching their heads since the 1800s—pits longstanding residents against New York State over some 200 properties around Raquette Lake.

At the close of the last legislative session, however, lawmakers finally greenlighted a proposed constitutional amendment that will clear up the whole mess, allowing landowners to pay for clear titles while adding a new patch to the Forest Preserve. In November, the deal will go before voters for final passage. For the background you need before you hit the voting booth, read “No Sense of Entitlement,” from our June 2010 issue.

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