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Curt has successfully moved the Agency a giant step forward and we’re thankful for his leadership while he was there.

Curt Stiles will step down from Adirondack Park Agency board

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In a surprise announcement Friday, the chairman of the state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners announced he would not seek reappointment as Chair or commissioner.

Curt Stiles made his revelation Friday at the conclusion of the agency's monthly meeting. He says he spoke with family members and colleagues at the Park Agency before coming to his decision.

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Chris Morris
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Brian Houseal is executive director of the Adirondack Council, one of the Park’s largest environmental organizations.

He says he was stunned by Stiles’ announcement, but wasn’t necessarily surprised by the decision.

“Curt has served well for four years, and his term is up,” Houseal said. “He has done a tremendous job while at the Agency. In particular, he moved forward with an Agency reform package and thankfully, the governor has just signed into law one of the bills for affordable housing. Curt has successfully moved the Agency a giant step forward and we’re thankful for his leadership while he was there.”

North Country Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward has been a longtime critic of Stiles. Unlike Houseal, she seemed pleased with the news.

“I was initially calling for Mr. Stiles to resign and that didn’t happen and calling for him not to be reappointed,” she said. “I’m happy about it. I really, truly think that this will be a good thing not only for the Agency but for cooperative efforts that we might be able to do over time. So all I can say is I’m going to go home and have a nice drink of lemonade.”

APA spokesman Keith McKeever says the agency isn’t commenting on the announcement at this point. There’s no word yet on when Stiles will officially step down.

Chris Knight contributed reporting to this story.

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