**Updated - Tupper Lake resort meeting concludes for the day

New economic affairs staffer introduced

— The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) commissioners wrapped up day one of their regularly scheduled monthly meeting for December at APA Headquarters in Ray Brook and will resume day two of their meeting on Friday, Dec. 16.

The normal monthly meeting agenda for Thursday and Friday is changed to focus on the Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake. The meeting will be webcast live at the APA website. In addition, the public is invited to view the webcast live in Tupper Lake at The Wild Center.

This month the Agency continues its three consecutive monthly meeting cycle to deliberate project 2005-100, the Adirondack Club and Resort. This residential/resort project is proposed for lands in the Town of Tupper Lake, Franklin County. The Board began its review at the Nov. 17-18 meeting. The Board continues its deliberations at the Dec. 15-16 meeting. A decision is expected at the conclusion of the Jan. 19-20, 2012 meeting.

New economic affairs staffer

On Thursday morning, the Full Agency convened with remarks from Chairwoman Leilani Ulrich and Executive Director Terry Martino, who introduced Dan Kelleher as the APA's new special assistant for economic affairs, replacing Stephen Erman, who retired in September 2010. Kelleher was most recently the business development manager at the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District. He joined other APA staffers on the Executive Team during the Adirondack Club and Resort review in December and January.

"It's about time," remarked Commissioner Art Lussi, of Lake Placid, who is the chairman of the APA's Economic Affairs Committee and has been asking the APA for months to hire Erman's replacement.

Adirondack Club and Resort questions

As she began explaining the day's proceedings, Ulrich made it clear that commissioners will continue to seek answers to their questions about the Adirondack Club and Resort in December and January so they can get greater clarity on the many issues.

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