Coverage of the Shingle Shanty case

Phil Brown paddles on a disputed stretch of Shingle Shanty Brook. Photo by Susan Bibeau.

After State Supreme Court Justice Richard Aulisi handed down his decision on navigation rights a few weeks ago, several media outlets wrote about the case.

As the defendant in the lawsuit, I tracked the news coverage closely. Given the public interest in the case, I thought I’d share the articles that I found.

The news about Aulisi’s decision was first reported by the Associated Press and the Adirondack Almanack (which is owned by the Explorer). The AP must have put the story on its national wire, since the first link is to a version that appeared on the Washington Post website.

Associated Press

Adirondack Almanack


Two daily newspapers that cover the Adirondack Park, the Glens Falls Post-Star and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, published their own versions of the story.

Glens Falls Post-Star

Adirondack Daily Enterprise


The Daily Gazette, based in Schenectady, also produced a local version of the story. Incidentally, the Gazette’s writer was the only newspaper reporter who attended the oral arguments back in November.

The Daily Gazette


Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio interviewed me and aired a story a few days after the ruling. He included parts of a story on the issue of navigation rights that ran earlier on NCPR.

North Country Public Radio


The Albany Times Union wrote an editorial praising the decision.

Albany Times Union

The New York League of Conservation Voters also praised the decision.

NLCV article


Will Doolittle, a columnist for the Glens Falls Post-Star, wrote a piece criticizing environmental activists who cheered the ruling, accusing them of hypocrisy.

Will Doolittle column

Peter Bauer, the executive director of Protect the Adirondacks, wrote a long piece responding to Doolittle’s column, accusing him of getting his facts wrong.

Peter Bauer’s response to Doolittle


Canoe & Kayak Magazine had written about the case before and followed up with an article on its website.

Canoe & Kayak Magazine

Outside Magazine published a short item on its website, with links to longer stories.

Outside Magazine


If you’d like to read the decision yourself, click the link below (PDF file).

Justice Aulisi’s decision




About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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  1. Will Doolittle says

    Do read Peter’s screed, if you’ve got 2 or 3 hours. There is a lot in there. The only fact he unearths, however, that I got wrong is I wrote that John Caffry lives in Queensbury, when he lives 3 or 4 blocks from the town line in Glens Falls. The rest are Peter’s views, reiterated.

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