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APA commissioner Richard Booth (at right) talking with APA chair Lani Ulrich (L). Booth will serve another 4-year-term on the APA commission. NCPR file photo: Brian Mann.
APA commissioner Richard Booth (at right) talking with APA chair Lani Ulrich (L). Booth will serve another 4-year-term on the APA commission. NCPR file photo: Brian Mann.

Lawmakers confirm Booth to APA board, Lack to ORDA

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In the final days of the session, lawmakers in Albany approved the appointments of some key leaders of Adirondack organizations.

The Olympic Regional Development Authority will see a top national broadcast executive join its board. And a respected environmentalist has been confirmed for another four-year term on the Adirondack Park Agency commission.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

ORDA sees new leadership

The Olympic Regional Development Authority board will install two new members following this week's Senate action, including Andrew Lack, chairman of the Bloomberg Media Group, who owns a seasonal home in Lake Placid.

Lack has been one of the most influential executives in the broadcast and media world in recent years, serving at NBC and CBS and later at Sony.

Also taking a seat will be former Olympic ski jumper and Lake Placid resident Joe Lamb, who is president of Lamb Lumber.

Lamb, who has stayed active as a coach, was nominated by the town of North Elba last month after Jim McKenna, head of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, withdrew his name from consideration following concerns about a possible conflict of interest.

Lack and Lamb will step into shoes long filled by Serge Lussi and Ed Weibrecht, both prominent resort owners with strong ties to Lake Placid's Olympic community.

ORDA now operates venues from Lake Placid and Wilmington to Johnsburg and the Catskill Mountains.

After wait, Booth tapped for another term

Also confirmed this week was Richard Booth to another term on the Adirondack Park Agency board.

Booth has been widely viewed in recent years by environmental groups as their strongest voice on the APA. But he had been serving as a commissioner without being reappointed by Governor Cuomo despite the fact that his term expired in 2012.

That delay angered green activists, but Booth will now serve two more years on the commission. 

Lake George Park Commission nod

The Senate also confirmed former Queensbury town supervisor and long-time activist Bill Mason to serve on the Lake George Park Commission.

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