North Creek looks for another seat on ORDA board

Business community wants equal representation for Gore facility

Whiteface Mountain ski area in Wilmington.

Whiteface Mountain ski area in Wilmington. © ORDA/Dave Schmidt

— ORDA operates the 1932 and 1980 Olympic venues in Lake Placid — the Olympic Center, Olympic Speed Skating Oval, Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg, Olympic Ski Jumping Complex — plus the Whiteface Mountain ski center in Wilmington and the Gore Mountain ski center in North Creek.

Belleayre positions

When ratifying the state budget, legislators approved key requirements outlined by Sen. John Bonacic (R-Mount Hope), of the 42nd Senate District representing the Belleayre Mountain region. One of those requirements was to add two members to the ORDA Board, one from Ulster County and one from Delaware County.

Sen. Bonacic’s requirements go even further to bolster Belleayre’s representation at ORDA. They include:

•a requirement that one of two ORDA vice chairs be a resident of Ulster or Delaware counties (the person would be chosen by the recommendation of the Middletown and Shandaken town boards);

•a requirement for a local ORDA office at Belleayre;

•and an increase in ORDA’s Community Advisory Board from 15 to 19. Two additional members would be appointed by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and two by the Ulster County Legislature.

It is important to note that the second vice chair from either Ulster or Delaware counties does not mean that Belleayre will have three seats on the ORDA Board. It means that, if there are two Belleayre members, one of them will be the second vice chair.

ORDA’s Lundin said the final makeup of the ORDA Board will be decided during the Belleayre transition, which is still being negotiated with the DEC. All ORDA Board members are appointed by the governor.

“I am pleased that we were able to work with the governor to better ensure a strong future for Belleayre,”Bonacic said in March. “Belleayre has always been a tourism priority and a job creator for the Catskills.”

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