Lawyer in ACR case charged with DWI

The lawyer who’s representing an environmental group in the ongoing legal battle over the Adirondack Club and Resort project was charged last week with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

John W. Caffry, 54, of Glens Falls, was pulled over on Ridge Street in Glens Falls at 11:45 p.m. Thursday because the passenger side headlight in his vehicle was out, city police told the Enterprise.

Police said Caffry failed field sobriety tests. When told he was under arrest, Caffry allegedly tried to walk away from the officer.

He was charged with DWI and resisting arrest. Caffry allegedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.09 percent, just over the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Police said he was released to appear in Glens Falls City Court at a later date.

Reached at his office Monday, Caffry said he couldn’t comment about the circumstances of what took place that night.

“However, it has no relationship to any case or client of mine, and no effect on my ability to represent those clients,” he said.

Caffry said he has retained a local attorney to represent him in this case.

Although he practices in several legal fields, Caffry is known in this area for his role in several high-profile environmental law cases. He has represented Protect the Adirondacks during the adjudicatory hearing on the ACR project and in the group’s ongoing lawsuit, along with other environmental groups and landowners, challenging the state Adirondack Park Agency’s approval of the project last year. He also represented Protect in a successful lawsuit it and the Adirondack Mountain Club filed against the state that sought to classify Lows Lake as wilderness.

Caffry represents Adirondack Explorer editor and Saranac Lake resident Phil Brown, who’s being sued by private property owners who claim Brown trespassed on their land while paddling; Brown claims the landowners can’t legally exclude paddlers from the waterway.

Caffry also was the lawyer for the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks when it unsuccessfully sued the state over its approval of plans to connect the Gore Mountain Ski Center with the North Creek Ski Bowl. The RCPA later merged with another environmental group to form Protect.