State Supreme Court Justice Richard T. Aulisi is scheduled to hear arguments in a navigation-rights lawsuit at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Fulton County Courthouse.
The suit was filed after I paddled through private property owned by the Friends of Thayer Lake and the Brandreth Park Association in 2009 while journeying from Little Tupper Lake to Lake Lila. I wrote about the trip for the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine. It was one of a series of articles about navigation rights. The plaintiffs accuse me of trespass.
Since I am the defendant, I don’t want to write about the case. However, the Explorer wishes to make public the memoranda of law that were filed in advance of Friday’s arguments. (There also were numerous affidavits filed in the case.) The memoranda set forth the legal arguments of the lawyers for the three parties: the New York State Attorney General’s Office, which contends that the waterway in question is open to the public; John Caffry, who is my attorney; and Dennis Phillips, who represents the plaintiffs.
Click on the links below to open PDFs of the memoranda. The documents are listed in the order they were filed.