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Continuing efforts to preserve open spaces in New York State would benefit from passage of Gov. Pataki's proposed $1.75 billion Environmental Bond Act, according to the Region 9 Department of Environmental Conservation director, Gerald Mikol.

He told the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy during an annual meeting Tuesday night that a Chautauqua County project could make some headway if voters approve the bond act. The state has been trying to buy the John Cheney farm in the Town of Ellery, which includes the last large undeveloped piece of land on Chautauqua Lake.

"It looked like we weren't going to have enough money to go in and buy the whole thing all at once," Mikol said. "So we broke down what we thought were the most significant pieces that we could set aside early. Our objective was to ultimately try to acquire the whole property."

Mikol said a considerable portion of the bond act is programmed to preserve open space.


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