Vernon Planning Board Denies Woodstock 50 appeal

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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The town of Vernon Planning Board Tuesday night voted to deny an appeal by Woodstock 50 organizers to hold the festival at Vernon Downs in August. The vote was unanimous.

WSYR-TV’s Josh Martin who was at the meeting says the decision ultimately came down to safety concerns. Promoter Michael Lang did tell Josh Martin that he vows to try again with Woodstock 50, but won’t try again in Vernon. Greg Peck, Woodstock 50 Principal, told WUTR his group will reapply for permits Wednesday morning.

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Earlier Tuesday, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente made his feelings about Woodstock 50 known. Picente sent a letter to the Town of Vernon Planning Board ahead of its meeting Tuesday night to discuss the promoter’s appeal of denial for the permit.

Picente says there’s been no adequate public safety plan, a traffic plan that scratches the surface of what’s necessary and a parking plan that even begins to come close to tenable for the residents of Vernon.

Picente says if the organizers want to talk about August 2020 or August 2021, then experts in emergency services, law enforcement, public health, and planning can help get them ready for the event.

Tuesday night, Picente sent the following statement:

“I’m pleased with the decision of the Town of Vernon Planning Board to uphold the town codes officer’s decision denying Woodstock 50 a permit. As I’ve said earlier, inadequate planning and a dangerously truncated timeframe made having this event in less than 30 days from today impossible and irresponsible.”

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