ALBANY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Nov. 9 announced the appointment of Leilani Crafts Ulrich and the nomination Sherman Craig to positions within the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). Ms. Ulrich will be designated to serve as Chairwoman of the APA and Mr. Craig will be nominated to serve as one of the Commissioners of the APA.
“The Adirondack Park is one of this nation’s greatest natural resources, and I am confident that it will thrive under Lani and Sherman’s leadership,” said Governor Cuomo. “Both Leilani and Sherman have dedicated their lives to the preservation and development of the Park. They recognize the need to balance economic development within the Adirondacks with constant environmental protections. I look forward to working with them to further the development and preservation of this extraordinary park.”
Leilani “Lani” Crafts Ulrich said, “As a resident of Old Forge in the Adirondack Park, I know firsthand the great potential of the Park. Each summer, I have worked with over 100 government agencies, towns and villages across the Park, listening to their concerns and working toward common ground on land-use issues. As Chairwoman, I look forward to using this and other community development experience to develop planning opportunities, as well as to fine-tune the regulatory process in ways that will empower communities and maximize the potential of the Park’s land use while continuing to protect its world class natural resources. I thank Governor Cuomo for this exciting opportunity.”
Sherman Craig said “It would be a privilege to serve as a commissioner on the APA Board and I thank Governor Cuomo for this nomination. I am pleased to be able to return to public service in New York, especially a position involving the Adirondack Park where I call home. The Park offers an abundance of unique resources, many of which I use in my business and can be leveraged to develop the local economy. I look forward to working with the Agency to help Governor Cuomo rebuild New York.”