Commissioner hopes to retain APA seat

Even as a member of the minority, Little managed to torpedo Hornbeck's bid to serve on the APA board.

Once in office, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo can nominate whoever he wants for the coveted in-park APA seats - but the appointments must survive Senate confirmation.

Hornbeck says he hasn't heard from anyone on Cuomo's transition team.

"Nothing," he said. "I've been here. I've put calls into people in the governor's office and other individuals and I haven't heard anything back; I'm still waiting. I wish I could tell you more."

Hornbeck says that his environmental advocacy has unfairly come under attack.

"My side of the argument is, yes, I'm an environmental but I'm also a business person," he said. "If this whole process has taught me anything, it's that there is a real relationship between the environment and the economy in the Adirondacks. The environment is the most positive thing that we have here - it's the thing that attracts people here and it's the physical and monetary advantage that we have over other places. There's a real connection between business and the environment, and I think a lot of people don't make that connection. The two sides should find some common ground and work together; it's to everybody's benefit."

Hornbeck says he did have a chance to talk to state Senator Little face-to-face about her concerns.

"To her credit, I have talked to her extensively and expressed my views and engaged in give and take with her," he said. "I appreciate her listening to me. I don't have a problem with her; it's a matter of education for people and we just need to start thinking a little differently."

Art Lussi says he has not actively lobbied for his reappointment.

But he did note that he may contact Cuomo's transition team and reiterate his desire to continue serving on the agency board.

The GOP Senate takeover could affect several pending APA appointments, aside from the chairman.

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