Executive director to retire

RAY BROOK On Tuesday, April 17, Richard Lefebvre announced his intention to retire as the executive director for the Adirondack Park Agency. Lefebvre has served as executive director since August 2005. Prior to his term as executive director, Lefebvre was an agency board member, appointed in 1993 by Governor Mario Cuomo, and served as chairman of the Agency Board after his appointment in 1998 by Governor George Pataki. He retired from the Agency Board in November 2002. In stating his intentions to retire, Lefebvre felt the agency had reinvigorated its commitment to the optimum overall conservation, protection, preservation, development and use of the Parks unique resources intended by the framers of the Adirondack Park Agency Act. The Adirondack Park is one of the most beautiful places Ive experienced and its been an honor to serve this place and its people. During the fourteen years that I have been involved with the Park Agency, I believe a greater understanding has evolved for the Agencys role, the needs of local governments and the importance of balanced decision-making, said Lefebvre. Over the years people have stated to me that, the Park Agency has had a positive impact on protecting their quality of life. This makes me very happy and going forward I think this magnificent place will continue to prosper. During his tenure, Lefebvre helped expand public outreach, familiarizing the public with Agency policies as well as gaining a better understanding of the land use plans impacts. Lefebvre initiated Local Government Day and watched this event grow from a small gathering of officials in 1997 to this years event where attendance exceeded two hundred and twenty Adirondack Park officials. As executive director, he managed the Agencys staff through a period of transition in State government, which included the approval of many key unit management plans. Asked to reflect on Mr. Lefebvre's tenure at the Agency, Chairman Ross Whaley stated, I believe as an individual, Dick Lefebvre has had a profound impact on the Adirondack Park. He had a wonderful knack for bridging troubled waters. He continued his career as an educator while serving the Park Agency by simply chatting at a dinner with local folks, discussing policy with elected officials or lobbying State government to ensure that the needs of the Adirondack Park and its people were heard.He has forged strong partnerships for the betterment of the Park that will last long into the future. This is a special place and it has benefited immensely from a very special person. Lefebvre intends to spend more quality time with his wife, Gay, and their family. I am really looking forward to ice out and fishing with the grandchildren this spring, said Lefebvre.

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