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North Creek Rotary, chamber host APA Chief Terry Martino

Martino acknowledged that the APA has never denied a permit for cell towers within the park and said the agency is pleased with that track record. The APA recognizes the need for cell and broadband service, she said.

The agency also created a classification process that was designed to drive development to communities within the park that can handle it, Martino said.

"We need to take steps to reverse negative trends together," said Martino. "There is a strong message of local and regional opportunities within these communities."

After 23 years of service with the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), Terry Martino was appointed executive director of the Adirondack Park Agency in July, 2009.

During her tenure with ANCA - a group dedicated to community development, environmental stewardship and consensus building - Martino was involved with various projects such as the Scenic Byways Program and organization of the Common Ground Alliance. She was deeply involved with the Alliance's "Blueprint for the Blue Line"' which did a detailed analysis of significant problem areas within the economy and ecology of the park.

"The APA hopes to join you in building on the attractive ingredients of the Adirondack Park to make it a pleasurable place to both visit and live for many years to come," she said.

For more information regarding the permitting process, visit www.apa.state.ny.us.

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