State Supreme Court Justice Richard Aulisi, after hearing three weeks of trial testimony this summer, reversed his own initial ruling in the eight-year-old lawsuit brought by the landowners who want strangers kept off their lands and waters.
Citing unanswered questions, state’s highest court sends trespassing suit against Adirondack Explorer back to lower court for a trial. By KENNETH AARON The six-year-old navigation-rights dispute between Adirondack Explorer Editor Phil Brown and a group of property owners has been sent back to State Supreme Court Justice Richard T. Aulisi for a full trial, which is unlikely to take place before next year. A decision in May by the Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest tribunal, reopens the question of whether the public has the right to paddle a two-mile-long waterway connecting two pieces of the state-owned William C. >>More
The state’s top tribunal is expected to issue ruling soon in lawsuit filed against Explorer editor after he canoed through private property. By KENNETH AARON A lawsuit sparked by a canoeist’s paddling through private land in 2009 may finally be nearing an end, as New York’s highest court heard arguments in March on whether the waterway in question should be open to the public. The Friends of Thayer Lake and the Brandreth Park Association sued Adirondack Explorer Editor Phil Brown following a trip that began at Little Tupper Lake and ended at Lake Lila. In between, Brown paddled a two-mile >>More
As navigation-rights case heads to the state’s Court of Appeals, both sides get help from interested parties. By Kenneth Aaron For five years, a group of Adirondack landowners has engaged in a legal battle with the editor of the Adirondack Explorer and the state Department of Environmental Conservation over navigational rights on a remote waterway in the William C. Whitney Wilderness. Now both sides have reinforcements. In December, lawyers representing environmental, recreational, and property-rights groups were preparing to file friend-of-the-court briefs (also known as amicus curiae briefs) in the case. Because the dispute has reached the Court of Appeals, the >>More