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Deer Poachers Sentenced Jail Time in Town of Lyonsdale Court

March 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoThree Port Leyden brothers who were arrested on November 8, 2011 for poaching deer at night have agreed to plea bargains in the Town of Lyonsdale Court, the Lewis County District Attorney’s Office and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. The Nagy brothers were facing up to one year in jail and up to $5,250.00 dollars in fines, had they elected to go to trial.

On February 1, 2012 two of the three Port Leyden brothers accepted plea bargains, offered by the Lewis County District Attorney Leanne Moser, to settle their outstanding Environmental Conservation Law charges:

  • Brain A. Nagy, age 21 – 90 days in the Lewis County Jail starting on February 3, 2012 – plus mandatory court surcharges
  • Robert K. Nagy, age 24 – $607.50 in penalties and mandatory court surcharges

On March 7, 2012 the third brother agreed to a plea bargain to settle his outstanding Environmental Conservation Law charges, offered by the Lewis County District Attorney:

  • Chase A. Nagy, age 25 – 60 days in the Lewis County Jail starting on March 7, 2012 – in addition to mandatory court surcharges.

These plea bargains close out a deer poaching case that was widely reported on in the North Country area.

Adirondack White Tail Deer“Deer poaching is a serious offense and is not something taken lightly,” Judy Drabicki, DEC Regional Director said. “People who choose to disobey the Fish and Wildlife Law and take game illegally deprive law-abiding citizens of fair chase hunting opportunities.”

“As sentences of incarceration tend to be more infrequent in Fish and Wildlife Law offenses, both the Environmental Conservation Police and myself believe that the sentences received in these cases reflect the seriousness with which Deer Poaching is being addressed in our community and will continue to be addressed should other individuals attempt this same crime”, stated District Attorney Moser.

Violators also face the possibility of fines, mandatory court surcharges, the suspension and/or revocation of their hunting privileges, forfeiture of their firearms and even jail time, a point reinforced by the outcome of this case.

The Nagy brothers were arrested for their part in the deer jacking (taking deer at night by use of a light) on River Road in the Town of Lyonsdale in Lewis County. ECOs arrested the brothers, all residing on North Pearl Street in Port Leyden. Each were charged under with three misdemeanors: 1) Illegally taking a deer not as permitted, 2) Taking a Deer with the Aid of Artificial Light and 3) Possessing an Unsecured Firearm while using Artificial Light on lands inhabited by deer. All three brothers were also charged with the violation of Taking Wildlife with the Aid of a Motor Vehicle.

ECOs reported the three Nagy brothers entered a private meadow on the River Road in the Town of Lyonsdale around 9:20 PM, in a pickup truck and intentionally ran down two deer with the vehicle in the field. One of the injured deer was then shot with a 20-gauge shotgun slug and then finished off with a knife. That deer was transported back to their Port Leyden residence before the brothers returned to the same field to recover the second deer. That’s when ECO Eric Roderick spotted their vehicle in the field and confronted the three brothers.

A single shot 20-gauge shotgun was recovered at the scene, along with a large sheath knife. ECO Fay Fuerch, recovered the first deer from the suspect’s Port Leyden residence. ECOs were assisted at the crime scene by Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputy Brett Cronizer. The Officers returned to the crime scene the next morning and recovered the second deer and other evidence with the assistance of K-9 Handler ECO Corey Schoonover and K-9 Griz.

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North Country Open for Business

December 8th, 2011 · No Comments · News

North Country Economic Development Council Plan Awarded $103.2 Million

North Country Open for Business
It should be noted, Warren and Herkimer Counties were not included as they were included in other “regions”. Official details and PDF of project awards after the jump.

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North Country Regional Economic Development Council Adopts Vision Statement

September 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Council also approves its Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Endorsement Standard and its Public Participation Plan

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council met today and conducted its third meeting, which was open to the public. The meeting at SUNY Potsdam was attended by Lt. Governor Robert Duffy and led by North Country Regional Economic Development Council co-chairs Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Anthony Collins, President of Clarkson University.

During today’s session, the Council presented and adopted its vision statement, which is intended to guide the council’s long-term strategic planning process moving forward. The vision statement can be found on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s website at and is as follows:

“The North Country will lead the Economic Renaissance of New York State’s Small Cities and Rural Communities by:

  • Energizing our micropolitan cities, building on growth in the aerospace, transit equipment, defense, biotech, and manufacturing industries
  • Attracting and nurturing entrepreneurial pioneers to cultivate innovative clusters in our rural communities
  • Mobilizing the creativity, capacity and graduates of our outstanding and collaborative places of higher education
  • Catalyzing the highest per capita rate of small business start-ups in the state
  • Elevating global recognition of the region as one of the special places on the planet to visit, live, work and study
  • Activating tourism as a pathway to diversify our economies
  • Propagating an agricultural revolution as we help feed the region and the world
  • Creating the greenest energy economy in the state

Actualizing this vision will create family-sustaining jobs and build an inventive economy, capitalizing on our abundant natural capital – pristine waters, productive forests and agricultural lands; the rare splendor of the Adirondacks; and our dynamic international border.”

“The vision statement drafted for the North Country Region is bold, comprehensive and inclusive,” said Anthony Collins, Co-Chair of the Regional Council and Clarkson University President. “Taking action on the statement is a strong indication that the region can rapidly reach consensus views to drive our strategies, which bodes well for the future of the Council and the region.”

“The vision statement we are putting forward truly captures the great diversity of assets and opportunities of our unique region,” said Garry Douglas, Co-Chair of the Regional Council and President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “It also represents an important piece of the multi-faceted economic development plan for the North Country, which is starting to come together through our working groups. With the work of all of our volunteers and the upcoming input we will be welcoming through our public forums and other means, I expect us to see an exciting strategy come together over the next several weeks.”

In addition, the council detailed and approved its public participation plan, which includes: public comment period during regular scheduled council meetings; a series of public forums; the use of the council’s website,, to provide information to the public about the council, its members, meetings, its strategic plan, as well as surveys to seek public input; and the use of social media, among others. A Facebook page has been created, “North Country Open for Business”, to amplify the council’s message, to engage regional community stakeholders and encourage public participation in the development of strategies and initiatives to promote growth and economic development in the North Country.

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council will be holding three public forums around the region that get underway today. They are as follows: Monday, September 12, Plattsburgh; Wednesday, September 14, Tupper Lake; and Monday, September 19, Watertown. The Council’s goal is to integrate the public into the strategic planning process to design an economic development plan that reflects the local communities’ vision for job creation and economic opportunity. The Council encourages public participation and feedback through outreach, community meetings, forums, and online at

The Council also adopted its Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Endorsement Standard, which will serve as a guideline for the review and ranking of future applications. By developing these endorsement standards early in the regional council’s strategic planning process, applicants can take them into account when preparing applications.

The next regular scheduled North Country Regional Economic Development Council will be Friday, September 30 at SUNY Potsdam.

The North Country Regional Council, which is comprised of a diverse group of 30 area leaders from the private and public sectors, labor, chambers of commerce, higher education, and community-based organizations, is working to create a five year strategic plan for economic development in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Created by Governor Cuomo, the Regional Economic Development Councils represent a fundamental shift in the state’s approach to economic development—from a top-down development model to a community-based approach that emphasizes regions’ unique assets, harnesses local expertise, and empowers each region to set plans and priorities.

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is one of ten regional councils across New York that will serve as a single point of contact for economic activity in the region. Through their strategic planning process, the Councils will identify and expedite priority projects that demonstrate the greatest potential for job growth. As part of the initiative, up to $1 billion in state resources will be accessible to eligible economic development projects through existing program grants and tax credits.

Each Regional Council will develop a plan for the development of their region, which will provide a regional vision for economic development, address critical issues and opportunities, and lay out an implementation roadmap for future growth. The state will work with the Regional Councils to align state resources and policies, eliminate unnecessary barriers to growth and prosperity, and streamline the delivery of government services and programs to help the Regional Councils carry out their plans for development.

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