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Abstract

John Risley, Supervisor, Town of Inlet, has assumed the presidency of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, replacing long-time AATV President George Canon. 'JR" is a life-long resident of the North Country and former Inlet businessman deeply involved in his community and thoroughly conversant with the challenges facing Adirondack towns and villages. High on the list of agenda items for the MTV are the issues of affordable housing and taxation, which are making it almost impossible for focal people to buy a home and raise a family in their own communities. However, the strong grass-roots organization of the AATV, together with a close working relationship with state representatives, has resulted in a number of Legislative successes, including the fall state reimbursement of tax monies lost to towns and school districts from forest lands exempt under 480 and 480A of the Real Property Tax laws.

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