Good for you Paul! Sometimes you have to teach the locals some respect.
I always believe you catch more flies with sugar than vinegar.
People are generally friendly and will help you out before threaten you. They are also generous. With their time and their belongings. We bring food from our gardens to the neighbors by the bag full. In turn they give us honey, maple syrup... and help. Lawn mower breaks, someone will offer you theirs or just mow your 4 acres for you. It is that kind of folk that live up here.
The guys from Albany, then I'm guessing he's a transplant post 9/11. Or just a Smalbany attitude guy (Smalany: little dick syndrome of NYC). A bunch of "different" people took over the Adirondacks post 9/11. Drove the prices up and half the locals out. Indeed my hometown of Saratoga Springs is untouchable now. We don't make 6 figures up here but the condos are going for a million dollars in town. We have a big Long Island and New Jersey influence up here now and it is changing and has changed the landscape of this quaint small town. Now we have 5 story condos everywhere and the are butt ugly compared to the Victorian based architecture here. But that's what the demand is now. They are even build NYC style apartments and ruining things even further!
Now where exactly do you find good hearted people anymore? Answer: All over. "Actions speak louder than words, my momma taught me this, didn't yours".
Extend an olive branch... its way easier than any adversarial bullshit, just IMHO... (which as I know has little value).