Senate and Assembly Minimum Maintenance Roads Bills Reintroduced

Adoption of minimum maintenance road laws is a tool that towns across Tug Hill and other rural areas of New York State (NYS) have used for decades using their home rule authority and powers under Highway and Vehicle & Traffic Law. However, based on several legal challenges from landowners on minimum maintenance roads that want year-round access it has been … Read More...

Tug Hill Commission 50th Anniversary Poster Contest

In 2023, the Tug Hill Commission will celebrate 50 years of services to the Tug Hill region. As part of this celebration, the commission is pleased to announce a poster contest for local high school students. Any students Grade 9 through 12 enrolled in one of the Tug Hill region school districts are eligible to apply. The contest’s first place … Read More...

Snow Ridge Video Available

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Snow Ridge Ski Resort, the Turin Library and librarian Sharon Stewart, as well as presenters Nancy Grisham, Jerry Britton, Bronny Davis, Tom Smith, and Nick Mir for their efforts in walking us through the seventy-plus years of history of Snow Ridge. We hope you enjoyed it as much as … Read More...

We’re Hiring: Senior Planner/Planner

The NYS Tug Hill Commission is hiring either an experienced Senior Planner or an entry level Planner to assist local governments in the rural Tug Hill region in land use planning, local law development and revision, and general technical support to planning boards and other municipal boards. For more information about the commission, see the full job announcement here.… Read More...

Commission Adopts 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

The Tug Hill Commission 2020-24 Strategic Plan was adopted by the commission board in October, and is available at https://tughill.org/strategic-plan/.

The new plan reaffirms the commission mission, approach and core competencies, and emphasizes the importance of circuit riders especially in the light of recent Council of Government growth.  Looking forward, the commission will spend more time on economic development, … Read More...

2019 Residents and Landowners Survey Results Released

A lively, interactive presentation by Center for Community Studies researchers Joel LaLone, Larry Danforth and Andy Draper, on the attitudes and perceptions of Tug Hill residents and landowners, was the highlight of the commission’s annual meeting on November 7.  Approximately 60 people attended the gathering at Tug Hill Vineyards.

The “Family Feud” style delivery of survey results highlighted several major … Read More...

Minimum Maintenance Road Legislation 2019 – Session Update

The 2019 NYS Legislative Session has ended, and while the long-standing minimum maintenance road legislation continued to be active, it was not passed by both houses.

The Senate bill, S2910 sponsored by Senator Griffo, was approved out of the Senate Transportation Committee with new chairman Senator Kennedy from Buffalo, and passed the Senate on June 13.  The companion Assembly bill, … Read More...