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APA ends first day of Tupper Lake resort meetings

Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook

Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners began its look at the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort Thursday at APA Headquarters in preparation for making a decision on the project in January.

The APA Board will take most of its meeting time in November, December and January to deliberate on the resort's permit (2005-100, Preserve Associates, LLC). The project, located around the Big Tupper Ski Area in the town of Tupper Lake, is the largest development proposed in the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park's history and could be used as a precedent for future development.

During the APA's regular November Board meeting (Nov. 17-18), there is limited seating at the APA Headquarters in Ray Brook; however, people may watch the live webcast on the APA website from their computers or from two alternate locations: The Wild Center in Tupper Lake and the DEC Region 5 Headquarters in Ray Brook.

"We recognize there is tremendous public interest in this project," said APA Executive Director Terry Martino during her opening remarks.

See the agenda below for the November meeting.

Watch the meeting live at the APA website here.

MAKING HISTORY

Commissioner Leilani Crafts Ulrich, of Old Forge, began her first meeting as chairwoman on Thursday. She was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Nov. 9 to replace Curt Stiles, who retired as commissioner and chairman during the summer.

"This is history," Ulrich said, explaining that she is the first female chair of the APA Board and the first commissioner from Herkimer County. In addition, she was sitting with the first female APA executive director (Martino) and the first APA commissioner from St. Lawrence County, Sherman Craig of Wanakena, who was named to the board on Nov. 9.

"For my Mother, my daughters-in-law and granddaughters – for girls and women known and unknown, I am delighted to mirror each of our aspirations and to have the privilege of building on the work I have done in the past seven years here at the Agency and now in my appointment as Chairwoman," Ulrich said.

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