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NY files notice of appeal in Adirondack rail-trail lawsuit

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New York state may appeal a recent court decision blocking a proposed rail-trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.

The state attorney general's office filed a notice this week to appeal a state supreme court judge's decision in a lawsuit filed by the group that operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. The judge found the state's plan to replace 34 miles of tracks with a multi-use trail was inconsistent with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

After many years of contentious debate over the future of the 119-mile railroad corridor from Utica to Lake Placid, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a compromise plan in May 2016 to upgrade 45 miles of tracks to Tupper Lake and remove tracks from there to Lake Placid.

The scenic railroad wants all the tracks upgraded.

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