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Governor Cuomo has asked the state Senate to confirm five of the eight at-large citizen members of the APA commission before the session ends in Albany. Chairwoman Lani Ulrich (shown presiding at an APA board meeting) has been appointed to another four-year term. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Governor Cuomo has asked the state Senate to confirm five of the eight at-large citizen members of the APA commission before the session ends in Albany. Chairwoman Lani Ulrich (shown presiding at an APA board meeting) has been appointed to another four-year term. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Cuomo moves to fill APA commission seats

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has moved to fill expired seats on the Adirondack Park Agency board, including two appointments that would replace veteran members of the commission.

The move comes after Cuomo drew criticism from some environmentalists for leaving APA commissioners in place long after their terms had expired.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

APA commissioners are supposed to be independent and non-partisan, serving four year terms.

But if board members are serving expired terms they can be replaced at any time. In theory, that could leave them more vulnerable to political influence. That's the situation for most commissioners now sitting on the board.

Governor Cuomo has now asked the state Senate to reconfirm three commissioners, including former Johnsburgh town supervisor Bill Thomas, resort owner Arthur Lussi from Lake Placid, and Chairwoman Lani Ulrich from Old Forge

But Cuomo has also moved to replace two other veteran board members.

Cecil Wray is a long time environmentalist and attorney from New York City who spends part of each year in the Park and Frank Mezzano is the former town supervisor from Lake Pleasant.

Both will step aside after having served on the commission since the late 1990s.

If the Senate approves the new appointments, these two APA seats will be filled by Karen Feldman, an attorney from the town of Hudson in the Hudson River Valley, and by Daniel Wilt, owner of a company called Wilt Industries in Lake Pleasant, in Hamilton County. His company makes glass blowing equipment.

According to a statement from Senator Betty Little's office, the confirmations are all expected to move through the Senate before the session ends.

These commissioners could serve at an interesting time for the Park Agency, voting on management plans for the new Finch Pruyn lands and possibly taking up reforms to the Park Agency Act itself.

A growing number of activists in the Park have argued that the Cuomo administration should consider changes to land management rules that have remained largely unchanged since the 1970s.

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