Saturday, February 20, 2010

John Brown Farm slated for closure

This is by no means the first place you'll read this -- but officials confirmed yesterday that the John Brown Farm historic site in Lake Placid is slated for closure in Governor David Paterson's 2010-2011 Executive Budget.

However, North Elba Town Supervisor Roby Politi told me Thursday there's "no way we'll let the John Brown Farm close."

"I see it as an opportunity for the community," he said. "If in fact the Governor decides to cut those kinds of costs, this is a perfect fit for the town of North Elba because we have a designated Park District here that was established for the 1932 Olympics. Those lands adjoin the John Brown Farm. If the state decides this is the route they want to go, the town of North Elba would certainly step up to the plate and takeover that facility."

It was also rumored the Crown Point historic site would close, too. My colleague Jon Alexander did some digging Friday, and told me that was not the case and the site was not listed among the 41 parks and historic sites released yesterday.

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