Whaley announces resignation as APA Chairman

RAY BROOK, NY Adirondack Park Agency Chairman Ross Whaley has announced his intention to resign following the Sept. 14 Agency meeting.

On Monday, Aug. 20, Dr. Ross Whaley informed Governor Eliot Spitzer of his intention to resign as the Chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency. Dr. Whaley served as Chairman with an agenda to respect the law, be courteous to all stakeholders and work to ensure the Adirondack Park remains a model of sustainable development. His passion for the Adirondacks and his ability to communicate this agenda inspired staff, citizens, local government officials, advocacy groups and Agency critics alike.

My time as APA Chairman has been most fulfilling, said Dr. Whaley. APA staff is the most dedicated group I have had the pleasure to work with, he stated. I wish Governor Spitzer well in all his future endeavors to continue to make this special place a model for rural wild lands across the nation, Chairman Whaley concluded.

During his term, Chairman Whaley oversaw the most comprehensive classification of State lands undertaken inside the Blue Line in the past twenty years. In 2005, nearly 75,000 acres of Forest Preserve were classified resulting in significant natural resource protection while balancing opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Dr. Whaley led the Agency during a time in which it received a record number of applications including a number of large-scale and sometimes controversial proposals. His professionalism was clearly evident as he calmly guided the Agency through the evaluation process of complicated and often highly emotional proposals.

Acting Executive Director Mark Sengenberger said, Chairman Whaley served the Adirondack Park Agency and the Park community with respect, dignity and fairness. Staff will miss his leadership and frequent presence in the Agencys office, which allowed us opportunity to discuss important policy and program issues with him. While we are disappointed by his departure, we wish him well with his future endeavors.

Dr. Whaleys professional experience as Director of Economics Research for the US Forest Service and more recently as President of SUNYs College of Environmental Science and Forestry placed him in a unique position to articulate and advance a balanced vision for the Adirondack Park as a place where resource preservation and sustainable economy are both desirable and possible. Chairman Whaley spoke passionately about the need to protect the Parks scenic appeal, water bodies and wetlands as well as the need to enhance Adirondack communities with a focus on affordable housing, infrastructure and economic diversification.

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