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Senate confirms appointments for APA, ORDA

Thomas, Broderick, Flacke appointed

Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Bill Thomas, of Johnsburg, asks APA Senior Natural Resources Planner Matt Kendall, right, about the Adirondack Club and Resort project during the Jan. 20 meeting.

Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Bill Thomas, of Johnsburg, asks APA Senior Natural Resources Planner Matt Kendall, right, about the Adirondack Club and Resort project during the Jan. 20 meeting. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced the New York Senate’s confirmation of his appointments to a number of state agencies and authorities, including the Adirondack Park Agency and Olympic Regional Development Authority.

On June 19, he announced that Leilani Crafts Ulrich will serve a second term as the APA chairwoman.

“When I took office, I pledged to restore integrity and performance in state government,” Governor Cuomo said. “To fulfill that pledge, my administration has worked to recruit the finest candidates to work for New Yorkers. These individuals bring valuable knowledge and experience to all areas of government that affect the public, from transportation to housing to insurance to the arts. I congratulate them on their confirmations and now let’s get to work.”

Ulrich, of Old Forge, was first appointed to the APA Board in 2004. She chaired the Board’s Regulatory Programs and Park Ecology committees before being nominated as the Agency’s first chairwoman by Gov. Cuomo in November of 2011. Ulrich is a dedicated advocate for environmental issues, having previously studied responses to climate change, energy conservation and forestry management practices. She is a past Board member of the Adirondack Community Housing Trust and served on the NYS delegation to the four-state Northern Forest Center’s Sustainable Economies Initiative.

On June 20, Cuomo announced Senate confirmation of four other APA commissioners. The terms of William Thomas, of North Creek, and Arthur Lussi, of Lake Placid, were renewed. And the APA will welcome two new commissioners: Daniel Wilt, a businessman from Lake Pleasant, who will replace Frank Mezzano, of Speculator; and Karen Feldman, a lawyer from Hudson who will replace Cecil Wray, of New York City, for an out-of-park seat.

The APA Board consists of 11 members — five commissioners from inside the Adirondack Park (Thomas, Lussi, Ulrich, Wilt and Sherman Craig); three commissioners from outside the Adirondack Park (Feldman, Richard Booth and Bill Valentino); and the commissioners of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of State, and Department of Economic Development, all represented on the Board by designees — Dierdre Scozzafava (DOS), Bob Stegeman and Judy Drabicki (DEC), and Jennifer McCormick (DED).

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