Senate Approves Gov’s APA Appointments

Governor Cuomo’s APA Board Nominations were approved by the Senate yesterday – The newly approved nominees include;

Arthur S. Lussi, Daniel Wilt, Karen M. Feldman, and William H. Thomas

In a statement following the approvals in the Senate, The Adirondack Council says they are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated – and the Senate has confirmed — two new commissioners to the Adirondack Park Agency and has re-nominated three veteran commissioners, including Chairwoman Lani Ulrich, to serve on new terms.   We welcome Mr. Wilt and Ms. Feldman to the APA and wish them well.

The Adirondack Council supports having the Adirondack Park Agency commissioner positions filled, and filled with individuals from inside and outside the park (as required by law) who are committed to following the law and to using science, to protect the Adirondacks for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Council says “ We are disappointed that the Governor did not re-nominate existing Commissioner Richard Booth of Ithaca.  We believe Commissioner Booth has served the APA very well and deserves a new term.  Booth is an expert in environmental law who serves on the faculty of Cornell University.”

Downstate attorney Karen Feldman replaces long-time environmentalist Cecil Wray. Lake Pleasant businessman Daniel Wilt will replace former Town of Lake Pleasant Supervisor Frank Mezzano. The Governor has nominated three APA Board members to new terms, including former Johnsburg Town Supervisor Bill Thomas, Lake Placid businessman Art Lussi, and former economic development official and current APA Chair Lani Ulrich. Cornell University law professor Dick Booth as the only APA Board members serving in an expired term. William Valentino, of Albany County, will see his  term expire at the end of this month.

Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect The Adirondacks says  “Through these nominations Governor Cuomo has made it clear what path he wants the APA to march. There is not an environmentalist within five miles of his nominations. The Governor has said the Adirondack Park is open for business and this group of APA Board members will single-mindedly implement the Governor’s wishes”