Judge requests more info in Adirondack Scenic lawsuit

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MALONE, N.Y. — The judge overseeing a lawsuit between the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society and the state of New York is looking for more information before moving forward, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports. The judge's request to attorneys came during a hearing this week. The newspaper reports that it was the first hearing for a lawsuit the society filed in April 2016 challenging state officials' decision to claim 34 miles of track used by the society's Adirondack Scenic Railroad as a trail.

Attorneys representing the railroad allege that state leaders violated the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, ignored economic data, and that the decision was arbitrary and capricious. They also believe the removal of the railroad tracks raises historical preservation issues.

State leaders say they intend to convert the rail bed to a multi-use trail. As part of the compromise, state leaders agreed to upgrade 45 miles of track that would allow tourist trains to run as far north as Tupper Lake, N.Y.

Legal counsel from the state’s attorney general’s office, representing the state, say that while state officials did review economic data submitted by the railroad, it is not required to adopt plans based on that information. The counsel also presented a letter pledging to establish a mitigation plan for any historical preservation issues, the newspaper reports.

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