About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

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  1. Pete says

    I’m not opposed to the idea, but as a vague Constitutional amendment, this just opens the door to a flood of litigation from the environmentalists, particularly against all motorized recreational vehicles. Pretty soon they will be using it as another tool to attack snowmobiling in the Adirondacks, their favorite target. Next thing you know, we’ll have a ban on small gas-powered equipment just like California. Everyone get out your wallet if you need a new lawn mower, snow blower, log splitter, or chain saw.

    • Tom Paine says

      Could not agree more Pete. A trojan horse piece of legislation. Crafted to give the Albany environmental lobby, their lawyers and the NYSDEC bureaucrats unlimited power to pursue farming, private landowners, business and recreation in NYS they want removed. Constitutional high bar? Spare us, it is going to be used as a willy nilly blunt instrument. Don’t like your neighbor, willy nilly them. Don’t smile to long NYS residents, prop 2 green religion authoritarianism has arrived.

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